Mike Mulvey

Mike Mulvey (born in Manchester) is an Australian-English football manager, who is currently the Technical Director of Western Pride FC.[2] He had previously been in charge of clubs in Australia, Thailand and Malaysia.

Mike Mulvey
Personal information
Full name Mike Mulvey
Date of birth (1963-02-25) 25 February 1963 (age 57)
Place of birth Manchester, England
Playing position(s) Midfielder
Youth career
1980–1982 Manchester United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1983–1986 Brisbane Lions 14
Teams managed
1998 Ipswich Knights FC[1]
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
2016 Terengganu (caretaker)
2017 BEC Tero Sasana
2018–2019 Central Coast Mariners
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

In February 2015, he was appointed as a Technical Director for Sabah FA[3] before becoming the head coach for the club in April.[4] 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.[5]

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.[6]

In December 2014, he was named as the Queensland's Coach of the Year at the annual state coaching awards.[7]

Just three months after arriving in Thailand, Mulvey was voted to take charge of the Thai League 1 All-Stars for their match against the Thailand national team at the Bannayinda Stadium in August 2017. The match finished in a 3-3 draw.[8]

He returned to Australia to take charge of the Central Coast Mariners for the 2018-2019 season, but was sacked after 21 (of 27) games in the regular season after the Mariners were beaten by Wellington Phoenix 8-2.[9]


Playing careerEdit

Mulvey begin his playing career as a trainee at Manchester United, before his family decided to emigrate to Australia in 1981.[10] Once arriving in Brisbane, he soon signed with National Soccer League club Brisbane Lions (now Brisbane Roar), where spent several seasons. He later joined his brother Phil at North Star in the Brisbane Premier League.

Managerial careerEdit

Mulvey's first senior coaching role was as the inaugural coach of Ipswich Knights in 1998.

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.[11]

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.[12][13]

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 semifinals 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[14][15]

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.[16]

In February 2015, Mulvey was appointed as a Technical Director for Sabah FA,[3] before officially become the head coach for the club in less than a month.[4]

In April 2018, Mulvey was announced as the new head coach of the Central Coast Mariners, replacing Paul Okon. [17] In March 2019, he parted ways with the club.[18]

In October 2019, Mulvey became Technical Director for Western Pride FC.

Coaching styleEdit

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".[19]

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.”[19]


As a ManagerEdit

Brisbane Roar

Managerial statisticsEdit

As of 9 March 2019.
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Gold Coast United Youth Australia 13 September 2009 4 March 2012 61 30 15 16 049.18
Gold Coast United (caretaker) Australia 22 February 2012 25 March 2012 7 1 3 3 014.29
Melbourne Victory W-League Australia 20 October 2012 18 December 2012 9 5 1 3 055.56
Brisbane Roar Australia 18 December 2012 23 November 2014 56 28 7 21 050.00
Sabah FA Malaysia 1 April 2015 December 2015 8 4 2 2 050.00
Terengganu FA Malaysia December 2015 None 11 4 1 6 036.36
BEC Tero Sasana Thailand June 2017 November 2017 24 8 5 11 033.33
Central Coast Mariners Australia 11 April 2018 10 March 2019 22 1 4 17 004.55
Total 197 81 38 78 041.12


  1. ^ Lems, David (5 September 2013). "Quality Roar line-up to entice big crowd". The Queensland Times. APN. Retrieved 18 May 2020.
  2. ^ Lems, David. "Ipswich's history of success attracts A-League coach to city". Queensland Times. Retrieved 3 October 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Ex-Roar coach mulvey gets job in Malaysia". The West Australian. 17 February 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Former Brisbane Roar manager Mike Mulvey takes over as Sabah coach". ESPN FC. 27 March 2015. Retrieved 1 April 2015.
  5. ^ "A-League winning coach Mike Mulvey 'rested' by Terengganu in Malaysia".
  6. ^ "Mike Mulvey named A-League coach of the season". The Guardian. Australia Associated Press. 24 April 2014.
  7. ^ "Former Brisbane Roar boss Mike Mulvey begins Borneo adventure". Sydney Morning Herald. 6 March 2015.
  8. ^ "คลิป "ช้างศึก" เจ๊า "ออลสตาร์ไทยลีก" 3-3 ยอดบริจาคช่วยน้ำท่วม 2,696,849 บาท". Sanook. 27 August 2017.
  9. ^ "Mariners sack Mulvey after 8-2 thrashing". MSN. AAP. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  10. ^ "Mike Mulvey's football education and work ethic driving Brisbane to greater heights". Daily Telegraph. 6 February 2014.
  11. ^ "Miron Sacked Before He Could Quit". FourFourTwo. 20 February 2012.
  12. ^ "Mike Mulvey". worldfootball.net.
  13. ^ "Gold Coast United Coaches and staff". Football Federation Australia.
  14. ^ Monteverde, Marco (22 November 2014). "Brisbane Roar coach Mike Mulvey axed by A-League champions after series of defeats". foxsports.com.au. Retrieved 23 November 2014.
  15. ^ "Club statement regarding Mike Mulvey". Brisbane Roar FC. 23 November 2014. Retrieved 23 November 2014.
  16. ^ "Club statement regarding Mike Mulvey". Brisbane Roar. 23 November 2014.
  17. ^ "Mariners appoint Mike Mulvey as Head Coach". Central Coast Mariners. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  18. ^ https://www.ccmariners.com.au/news/club-statement-mariners-part-ways-mike-mulvey
  19. ^ a b "Brisbane coach Mike Mulvey sets record straight on style and the British stereotype". Sydney Morning Herald. 6 February 2014.