Volker Departs City

Brisbane City have confirmed that coach Glen Volker and the club have decided by mutual agreement to part ways.

Volker was City’s head coach since the club’s entry into the NPL since 2013, joining the club from University of Queensland FC where he guided that club to promotion to the Brisbane Premier League for the 2011 season.

Under Volker’s guidance, Brisbane City finished second on the table in the NPL’s inaugural 2013 season. After being defeated in their opening two matches, the Newmarket-based club went on a thirteen game unbeaten streak, including seven consecutive wins and were the first side to defeat runaway Premiers, Olympic in that season.

Olympic and Brisbane City played off in the 2013 Grand Final and despite leading 2-0 with twenty minutes to play, City fell in a penalty shootout when scores were locked 3-3 after extra time.

2014 saw the club miss the finals, finishing mid-table in seventh position with eleven wins from twenty-four matches. That season also included being knocked out of FFA Cup qualifying at the first hurdle, going down to Brisbane Premier League club, Logan Lightning.

The current season sees City at the foot of the table at the Easter break with only one point from five matches. Nineteen goals have been conceded in a defence that has had to be a reshaped with the departure of experienced duo Cameron Tew and Luca Perico, including two matches where Sunshine Coast and FNQ Heat both put six away against City.

In the 2015 NPL Queensland Season Guide, Volker was quoted as describing City’s style of play for the season ahead as ‘We won’t change from past years. We want to play a good brand of effective passing football.’ Our view is that despite seeing improvements in the side’s ability to play out from the back between the pre-season Silver Boot and their most recent performance, it had become clearly evident that a change of tactics from the current philosophy was required to get the club’s 2015 campaign back on track.

Volker leaves the club having coached 53 NPL matches (including finals) with a record of 27 wins, 7 draws and 19 losses (50.9% winning percentage). Youth coach Darron Heselden will take the reins. The club will consult with Heselden before making any further decisions in relation to the senior coaching position.

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