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Bakries wade into Roar A-League drama

NZN 11/08/2016 Vince Rugari

The future of under-fire Brisbane managing director Daniel Cobb hinges on the outcome of a report being compiled by the A-League club's Indonesian owners.

Representatives from the Bakrie Group have been in Brisbane this week and were present at Wednesday night's FFA Cup match at Ballymore Stadium, which the Roar lost 2-0 to Perth Glory.

AAP understands the officials - among them club chairman Rahim Soekasah and Demis Djamaoeddin, who were stationed in Brisbane for most of last season to deal with previous off-field issues - have been instructed to investigate recent reports surrounding the club and take their findings back to family head Nirwan Bakrie.

Their chief focus is the strained relationship between Cobb and the football department, including coach John Aloisi and football director Craig Moore.

They will also look into Cobb's other dealings and general conduct since his appointment as managing director two months ago, and are expected to return by the weekend to Indonesia.

Soekasah is believed to have to travelled to Sydney on Thursday for meetings with Football Federation Australia.

Cobb, who claims to have agreed to buy the club from the Bakries, maintains it is business as usual at the Roar and insists he still has Aloisi and Moore's support.

The Melbourne businessman has been using a market research firm to canvas the opinions of supporters, some of whom he has met this week, as he begins formulating a four-year strategic plan he says will form the basis of his ownership proposal.

Aloisi, meanwhile, is still waiting for the green light to move the Roar's training base to Ballymore.

Cobb has promised it will happen by the end of August but the Roar continue to train at their Griffith University base, where the pitch and facilities are considered sub-standard.

Aloisi said the Roar's playing group remained unaffected by the drama surrounding the club.

"We just tell the players to focus on football, and that's all they're trying to focus on," Aloisi said.

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