Mike Mulvey says there’s no pressure despite the Brisbane Roar coach failing to find a replacement for Besart Berisha during a trip to Europe.
Brisbane Roar coach Mike Mulvey isn’t about to dive into the bargain bins just yet despite failing to turn up a new marquee striker in the high-end boutiques of Europe.
Mulvey spent part of his four-week off-season break attempting to find the man who will fill Besart Berisha’s role at the A-League champions following the Albanian’s switch to the Melbourne Victory.
Despite looking at several options, including one striker who played in the German Bundesliga last season, Mulvey says the A-League’s salary cap and other circumstances had prevented any deals being done.
“We spoke to a couple of players. We were shopping at the high end of town and we didn’t manage to land one of them, which is fine because we’re not in a desperate hurry to sign anybody,” Mulvey told reporters following the Roar’s first pre-season training run on Monday.
“The inbox is full with recommendations. We’re not being idle but some of our best performances were with the players we’ve got out there.”
Berisha’s departure may also force a change in playing style for the Roar.
Mulvey said he’s doing all he can to prepare to defend the A-League title regardless of who the club eventually signs.
The emergence of Melbourne City and their capture of Spain star David Villa and Irish veteran Damien Duff show that the Roar cannot afford to rest on last season’s achievements.
“You can’t stand still because we’ve got a big target on our chest this year as the champions,” Mulvey said.
“We want to evolve and I’m sure every club is there working damned hard right now.
“Our challenge now is to back up and do it all again.
“There’s some exciting signings that I’ve read about – David Villa, Damien Duff just to name two who have gone to Melbourne City – that’s great credit to the A-League … it’s just going to add to the excitement.”