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Roar not in turmoil, Aloisi praises fight

NZN 25/03/2017 Jim Morton

Brisbane Roar coach John Aloisi and managing director Mark Kingsman have denied that the A-League club is in turmoil, after a turbulent week ended with a surprise resignation.

Less than 24 hours before Saturday night's 1-0 win over Melbourne Victory, strength and conditioning coach Karl Dodd informed head of football Craig Moore that he was quitting the club.

Rumours swirling on Sunday were that Dodd quit due to a training ground clash with assistant coach Ross Aloisi but Kingsman said it was largely due to "differences of opinion" in player preparation.

He indicated the Roar's heavy playing schedule over the past month, juggling A-League and Asian Champions League commitments, had taken its toll on relationships.

"We've had an incredibly busy schedule and it tests a lot of emotions and John has to be clear with what he wants and how the players are prepared," Kingsman told AAP on Sunday night.

Kingsman confirmed that he, Moore and John Aloisi met with Dodd on Saturday morning but did not try to sway his decision.

He did admit there had been a training incident between Dodd and Ross Aloisi, who is currently suspended for his part in a post-match scuffle in Adelaide a week ago, but that was some time ago.

"There's been no flashpoint," Kingsman said. "(Dodd) made a decision and we've accepted it."

The Roar will farewell a second member of the high-performance team this week when senior physio Tony Ganter leaves but Kingsman says his departure has been part of a long-discussed exit strategy.

Damon Voss, who has English Premier League experience, is already in the process of taking over in a major change to the club's injury prevention and rehab program.

Aloisi underlined the importance of the gritty success over the Victory at Suncorp Stadium, which sealed a finals position and put Brisbane equal on points with third place Melbourne City,

"It's been a tough week," said Aloisi, who has backed his brother and the also-suspended Moore after the controversial finish to the game against Adelaide in round 23.

"A lot of things have been said about individuals and the club in general ... but you can tell if a football club is in turmoil when players give up (but) this team doesn't give up.

"We showed we are heading in the right direction."

Aloisi described the Roar's first-half performance as their best of the season but it took until the 51st minute for the deadlock to be broken when Jamie Maclaren produced a moment of brilliance to score the match-winning goal.

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