Posts Tagged "Ange Postecoglou"

After a tumultuous week for Australian football, it was relieving to have a weekend of A-League action to distract us from the off-field drama that followed the win against Syria.

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Football in Australia is well known for its disharmony and in-fighting, going way back to the days of ‘old soccer’. Some of the decisions made and the timing of announcements can be bizarre too.

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What does it say about Australia as a football nation when the most successful coach we’ve ever had feels like he’s been hounded out of a job?

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After Australia’s unconvincing 2-1 victory over Syria on Tuesday, Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou is set to announce that he will step down after the final qualifier against Honduras in November, regardless of the result.

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Socceroos goalkeeper Mathew Ryan says he finds it hard to imagine Ange Postecoglou will want to walk away as coach if the team qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

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Often teams match the coach’s persona, and Ange Postecoglou’s demeanour in recent times has shown a coach who has lost his composure and is unable to get his team to play the way he wants them to.

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Australia’s national football coach Ange Postecoglou is reportedly set to walk away from his position in November, even if the Socceroos do successfully qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

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Ahead of tonight’s crucial fixture against Syria, Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou has reportedly moved star midfielder Aaron Mooy to the bench.

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At ANZ Stadium tonight, Australia will need all the support they can get if they are to finish Syria off and progress through to the last stage of qualification.

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This is it for Ange Postecoglou.

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The Socceroos are banking on a boisterous home crowd to spur them a step closer to the World Cup.

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While it should make the task of selling tickets a bit easier ahead of Tuesday night, the bad news for the Socceroos is that they are now just one game away from potentially missing the World Cup.

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Socceroos veteran Tim Cahill has thrown his support behind coach Ange Postecoglou, proclaiming his influence on the Australian game will not be fully realised until he is gone.

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If the Socceroos can’t beat Syria over two legs this month, they don’t deserve to qualify for the next World Cup.

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Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou has rung the changes for next month’s World Cup qualifying playoff with Syria, bringing five new faces into camp — but there is no Mile Jedinak.

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Thank goodness for the IQ. As expected, I missed the start of the Australia versus Thailand game but was able to catch it on delay. I had to avoid spoilers so unfortunately missed The Roar’s always enjoyable blog.

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Ange Postecoglou, currently being pelted by 140 character-long calls for his dismissal – all of them premature, blind to the fact no one suitable could successfully replace him at such a precarious moment in qualifying – is feeling besieged.

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While the reflection and analysis of Australia’s failure to secure an automatic qualifying spot for Russia 2018 starts to simmer, two things have become obvious.

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It is simply preposterous to suggest the Socceroos would be better off without Ange Postecoglou, since he is still so clearly the right man to get Australia to Russia in 2018.

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Ange Postecoglou is at the crossroads of his Socceroos coaching tenure. After failing to obtain direct qualification to the 2018 Qatar FIFA World Cup, he has been singled-out by many as the major culprit.

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