THAT'S LIFE: Fahid Ben Khalfallah just wants to play football.
THAT'S LIFE: Fahid Ben Khalfallah just wants to play football. DARREN ENGLAND

Brisbane Roar's turmoil on and off park

FOOTBALL: Brisbane Roar is confident the off-field upheaval engulfing the club will not affect its performance on the field.

The club sacked managing director Mark Kingsman on Monday as part of a "restructuring plan".

Kingsman is considering taking legal action after being fired by the Bakrie Group, the Indonesian conglomerate that owns the A-League team.

The Roar has enough to worry about on the park, with the club having suffered successive defeats to start the new season.

Set to welcome French recruit Eric Bautheac into the country today, the club hosts the Newcastle Jets on Sunday with the aim of finally getting on the winners' list

Roar winger Fahid Ben Khalfallah said he "doesn't care" about the latest off-field drama.

"Why? That's life, it happens," he said yesterday.

"We're lucky to be soccer players. We're lucky to play for this club.

"It happens in every job. Your boss could get sacked tomorrow. If I'm not good, I'm not going to have a contract.

"It's not our business. I don't know what happened and I don't care. I don't want to know.

"The only thing I want to focus on is training on the pitch here. We just have to concentrate on the football."


Eric Bautheac in action for Nice
Eric Bautheac in action for Nice Ben Hoskins

Having helped organise Bautheac's transfer, Ben Khalfallah said he had been in contact with the winger about the Roar off-field turmoil.

Like Ben Khalfallah, Bautheac was said to be looking at the move positively and keen to make an impact in the country after stints at Lille, Dijon and Cannes.

"I've been in touch with him. He's so excited. To be honest he can't wait," Ben Khalfallah said of the 30-year-old.

"He's been waiting over a month, so I think he wants to play football and I can't wait to see him.

"I don't think people realise ... he's not coming from a bad league. He's been playing at the highest level."

Bautheac had only just received his visa clearance, and outspoken former coach John Kosmina said the delay might have been a factor in Kingsman's termination.

"He (Bautheac) was signed weeks and weeks ago and as far as we understood... he should've been here by now," Kosmina said.

"For some reason, there's been some kind of a mix-up.

"I guess the CEO's either put his hand up or someone's helped him lift it. That tells you there's something going on in the club."

The Roar is without a CEO, does not have a sufficiently staffed front office, and a board of directors isn't listed on the official website.

There's also no paying front-of-shirt sponsor and an under-resourced football department, which has seen injured players voice concerns about not receiving the best possible treatment.

The Roar's off-field problems would not be solved quickly, Kosmina said.

"There have been unpaid bills, they've been a little slow with payments," he said.

"The training conditions aren't ideal. They train at Ballymore. It's okay but it belongs to rugby union and it's not really set up as a football facility. The pitch isn't the greatest."

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