Mulvey understands Roar fans' pain

WAYNE HEMING
Last updated 19:21 18/02/2013
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CONTROVERSIAL: A group of Brisbane Roar fans hold up a sign showing their dislike over the recent signing of Roar coach Mike Mulvey to a two-year contract with the club during an A-League match against Wellington Phoenix on Sunday.

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Brisbane Roar coach Mike Mulvey has no hard feelings towards passionate football fans who unfurled a "Mulvey Out" banner during the second half of Sunday's A-League clash with Wellington Phoenix at Suncorp Stadium.

Security guards swooped on the sign quicker than striker Besart Berisha on a Thomas Broich cross, but not before an alert Fox Sports cameraman zeroed in on it.

The club, however, defended itself on Monday after the actions of security guards triggered a wave of Twitter outrage.

"All banners displayed at the stadium must first be submitted to the club to ensure they meet criteria set under the Football Federation Australia and Suncorp Stadium terms of admission to an A-League match," said the Roar in a statement on Monday.

"In this instance, the banner was not submitted to the club for approval. As a breach of this protocol, the banner was removed, regardless of content."

Brisbane were up 2-0 when the sign suddenly appeared, displayed by a hard core group of fans known as the Collective.

They were protesting against the club's puzzling decision last Friday to sign Mulvey to a two-year deal after he returned home from the Asian League Championships in Thailand empty handed.

"The fans have a right to an opinion and I respect that," said Mulvey, who did not see the sign calling for his head.

"Everyone has got a right to an opinion and that should always be the case."

Mulvey, who has four wins in 12 games since replacing Rado Vidosic in December, said he felt the supporters' pain and disappointment with the defending champions struggling to make the finals.

"It's been a disappointing season to be where we are right now," he said.

"But that's not to say we are giving up.

"We want to work harder. We want to please the fans - we want to make them happy because it is their club.

"That's what the club exists for.

"We want to grow for bigger and better things."

Sitting two points out of the top six, Brisbane face a tough clash against sixth-placed Newcastle at Hunter Stadium where the Jets have a very handy record.

"This game coming up against Newcastle is a massive game for both clubs and both clubs will be up for it," said Mulvey.

"Is it fatal if we lose? No, it's not.

"Will it be demoralising if we do (lose)? Yes, it will.

"(But) ... the key thing is we go there with the belief that we can win.

"There are six games left and we're playing teams near us and up the top so we're going to have a say in what goes on."

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