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Roar owners pledge support to club

Published: 6:10PM Monday April 12, 2010 Source: AAP

  •  (Source: Reuters)
    Source: Reuters

In a welcome shot in the arm for the A-League, the owners of Brisbane Roar have pledged their long-term support for the battling club.

Following months of speculation regarding the club's financial plight, Emmanuel Drivas, Emmanuel Kokoris, Claude Baradel and Serge Baradel on Monday "guaranteed their support for the foreseeable future".

It is the good news Football Federation Australia have been waiting for after enduring a nightmare week capped by A-League boss Archie Fraser's resignation.

After stepping in to save North Queensland Fury and speculation over Gold Coast United's status, Brisbane's announcement would be music to FFA boss Ben Buckley's ears.

Drivas said he and his fellow co-owners were "determined to see it through" at the Roar.

"Each one of the owners has a passion for football and in particular our club, the Brisbane Roar," Drivas said in a statement.

"We won't deny it has been a difficult 12 months, but we now believe things are turning around for the better and we're determined to see it through.

"The four of us aren't here for profit. You have to spend some money to make money and we'll be working with management to make the club competitive both in football terms and commercially."

Fraser may have one less thing to worry about taking over a new role with the FFA overseeing Queensland's embattled A-League clubs following his shock resignation.

His main focus is North Queensland following Fury founder Don Matheson's decision to walk away after reportedly suffering losses of $4.5 million in their inaugural season.

Gold Coast United are trying to adopt a "business as usual" approach after billionaire owner Clive Palmer dismissed reports he was considering handing back the club's licence.

In contrast to the tumultuous week at United and the Fury, Roar co-owner Baradel painted a positive picture at Brisbane.

"There has been a lot of work going on behind the scenes since the season concluded to make sure we are prepared to give this competition a good shake next season," he said.

Drivas said the Roar were still "actively looking for further investment in the club" but were confident they would find "the right investor".

"The management team has been working hard over the past six months to get the right people into the right positions," Drivas said.

"We now believe (Roar coach) Ange (Postecoglou) can go ahead and build a team which we can all be proud of."

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