Mike Mulvey

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Mike Mulvey
Personal information
Full name Mike Mulvey
Date of birth (1963-02-25) 25 February 1963 (age 54)
Place of birth Manchester, England
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Terengganu (Head coach)
Youth career
1980-1982 Manchester United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1983–1986 Brisbane Lions 14
Teams managed
1999–2007 Queensland Sting
2007–2009 Australia U-20 (assistant)
2007–2010 QAS
2009–2012 Gold Coast United (youth)
2010–2012 Gold Coast United (assistant)
2012 Gold Coast United (caretaker)
2012 Melbourne Victory FC W-League
2012–2014 Brisbane Roar
2014–2015 Sabah FA
2015–2016 Terengganu (Technical Director)
2016 Terengganu (Caretaker)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Mike Mulvey (born in Manchester) is an English football manager whose most recent position was as interim manager of Malaysia Super League club Terengganu FA.[1]

In February 2015, he was appointed as a Technical Director for Sabah FA[2] before becoming the head coach for the club in April.[3] Mulvey moved on to become Technical Director at Malaysian Premier League club Terengganu in July 2016, before being installed as caretaker manager. He left the club at the end of the season.[4]

Mulvey is best known for his coaching performance in 2013-14, when he took Brisbane Roar to their record-breaking third A-League title. He was named A-League Coach of the Year in the same season - just 12 months after being named W-League Coach of the Year.[5]

In December 2014, he was named as the Queensland's Coach of the Year at the annual state coaching awards.[6]


Playing career[edit]

Mulvey begin his playing career as a trainee at Manchester United, before his family decided to emigrate to Australia in 1981.[7] Once arriving in Brisbane, he soon signed with National Soccer League club Brisbane Lions (now Brisbane Roar), where spent several seasons.

Managerial career[edit]

Mulvey was the assistant coach at former A-League club Gold Coast United. On 20 February 2012, it was announced Mulvey had been appointed caretaker coach of Gold Coast, after Head Coach Miron Bleiberg left.[8]

After the club dissolved, he joined Melbourne Victory as the women's team coach. Mulvey transformed the team into W-League championship contenders, sparking interest from A-League clubs.[9][10]

In December 2012, Mulvey was appointed Head Coach at Brisbane Roar Football Club on an interim basis. In February 2013, Mulvey was appointed as the permanent Head Coach at the club. Following his appointment, Brisbane Roar only lost one of their remaining seven regular season matches.

He went on to take the Roar to the semi finals in the Hyundai A-league's 2012/13 season, losing 2–1 to Premier's Plate winners Western Sydney Wanderers in the preliminary final.

The following season, 2013/14, Mulvey took the Roar to winning their second Premier's Plate and third A-League Championship in four years. Mulvey's Roar won the Premier's Plate by 10 points, the second largest margin in the history of the A-League. The team then went on to beat Melbourne Victory 1–0 in the semi final and then beating the Western Sydney Wanderers 2–1 after extra time in the Grand Final to win the 2013/2014 A-League Championship.

On 23 November 2014, Mulvey was sacked from his position as manager of the Brisbane Roar after a series of defeats[11][12]

Despite the successful 2013–14 season, Brisbane Roar managed only one win out of 6 games at the beginning of the 2014–15 season and on 23 November 2014, Mulvey stepped down from the role of head coach.[13]

In February 2015, Mulvey was appointed as a Technical Director for Sabah FA,[2] before officially become the head coach for the club in less than a month.[3]

Coaching style[edit]

In an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald in 2014, Mulvey's Roar side was lauded for playing "the most tactically savvy and technically proficient football of the year".[14]

Mulvey said his ideal tactical style embraced a flexible system designed to keep possession with a pro-active, high-tempo style: “I don't like seeing long-ball. I'll switch the television off if someone starts with that stuff. My teams play football the way I like it played – you keep possession, you pass, you attack.”[14]


As a Manager[edit]

Brisbane Roar

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 13 April 2015.
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Gold Coast United Youth Australia 13 September 2009 4 March 2012 61 30 15 16 49.18
Gold Coast United (caretaker) Australia 22 February 2012 25 March 2012 7 1 3 3 14.29
Melbourne Victory W-League Australia 20 October 2012 18 December 2012 9 5 1 3 55.56
Brisbane Roar Australia 18 December 2012 23 November 2014 56 28 7 21 50.00
Sabah FA Malaysia 1 April 2015 December 2015 8 4 2 2 50.00
Terengganu FA Malaysia December 2015– Present 10 4 1 5 40.00
Total 151 72 29 50 47.68