Ange Postecoglou to quit Socceroos in November

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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.

    The Herald Sun has reported that Postecoglou has made the decision to vacate his position at the end of Australia’s World Cup qualification campaign regardless of which way the result goes, and that he would have already left the job if Australia had successfully gained automatic qualification last month.

    Postecoglou reportedly has made the decision at least in part due to the perception that he is being undermined in his position by repeated criticism.

    The Socceroos’ frustrating and generally poor performances throughout their World Cup qualification campaign, as evident as ever in a Trichotillomania-enducing effort on Tuesday night, would no doubt play a role in the decision as well.

    After the match, Postecoglou said:

    “It just astounds me that people keep thinking this is supposed to be easy.

    “You saw what it meant to the opposition tonight. It’s going to mean the same for the other opposition.

    “I just don’t get it when people think it’s supposed to be some… show me the evidence that we’ve cruised through to a World Cup.

    “Even the first year in Asia we got through strong under Pim Verbeek, fantastic performance but we weren’t smashing teams. Last time we got through in the last game.

    “There is no evidence to say that anyone in this confederation is easy… if people think we go into games thinking we’re going to smash the opposition here because we’re that far superior, they haven’t been watching.”

    Ange Postecoglou and the Socceroos

    (AAP Image/Lukas Coch)

    Postecoglou had previously indicated that he intended to end his time as Socceroos coach after the 2018 FIFA World Cup, but it appears that he has now brought the timing of his decision forward.

    If it does come to pass that Australia qualify and Postcoglou moves on, it will leave Australia in the unusual position of needing to find a new national football coach on the eve of the World Cup.

    There is not yet any formal statement from Postecoglou confirming his plans to quit or even stating it as a possibility, but he has recently made comments defending his philosophy against criticisms of Australia’s performance and dismissing them as ‘white noise’.

    “There are always different schools of thought and debates. I’d be absolutely astounded if anyone is surprised at what I’m doing or what I’m saying because I’ve been coaching for 20 years,” he said.

    “Maybe some people are questioning whether they should’ve, or they should’ve said that I was the right man for the job four years ago.

    “You’ve got to be careful what you wish for. Maybe some people just kind of went along that I was the flavor of the month and now probably think I wasn’t the right person.

    “It’s who I am, it’s how I coach, it’s been very successful for me and continues to be successful and it will be successful for me.

    “The rest of it just becomes noise, white noise. And again, it’s nothing new.”

    Josh Elliott
    Josh Elliott

    Josh Elliott may be The Roar's Weekend Editor, but at heart he's just a rusted-on North Melbourne tragic with a penchant for pun headlines - and also abnormal alliteration, assuredly; assuming achievability. He once finished third in a hot chilli pie eating contest. You can follow him on Twitter @JoshElliott_29 and listen to him on The Roar's AFL Podcast.

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    • Roar Guru

      October 11th 2017 @ 11:12am
      Scott Pryde said | October 11th 2017 @ 11:12am | ! Report


      His post-match interview, to be fair, gave the impression of a defeated man. Doesn’t shock me all that much, but I thought he might have stuck it out till the end of the World Cup – or our qualifying run. Wherever the end was.

      • Roar Pro

        October 11th 2017 @ 11:34am
        albatross said | October 11th 2017 @ 11:34am | ! Report

        I reckon he is just getting his retaliation in first given that he has been doing an Osieck of late.

        Helluva a way to motivate your players though, as I am not too sure how “Win just one for the Ange” will resonate with the young men in the squad. But it’s likely to make sure ANZ is filled for the Panama match on 14th November.

      • October 11th 2017 @ 1:37pm
        Tezza said | October 11th 2017 @ 1:37pm | ! Report

        If this is the case, then what has the last 12mths of all his system and tactics change been for. I think he may be playing games to get the focus off his results

      • October 11th 2017 @ 6:47pm
        Bobby Moore said | October 11th 2017 @ 6:47pm | ! Report

        Not that at all -a person frustrated by the consent negativity from idiots who know nothing – Bosnich for an example a total waste of space- one has to wonder how he even played being coked up

    • October 11th 2017 @ 11:17am
      bob said | October 11th 2017 @ 11:17am | ! Report

      He’s done a Popavic.

      • Roar Rookie

        October 11th 2017 @ 6:06pm
        The Phantom Commissioner said | October 11th 2017 @ 6:06pm | ! Report

        Poppa must be cursing the timing of this !, Also i think Sydney FC fans are quietly a little nervous about this situation

        • October 11th 2017 @ 7:01pm
          TK said | October 11th 2017 @ 7:01pm | ! Report

          Surely it’s time we shared the kevvie muscat show with the world? The ruskies might love him and keep him once they find out he used to break legs for a living.

          • Roar Rookie

            October 11th 2017 @ 8:30pm
            The Phantom Commissioner said | October 11th 2017 @ 8:30pm | ! Report

            It’s been a crazy couple of days but not crazy enough that i’d want Muscat representing our country abroad.

    • October 11th 2017 @ 11:22am
      Gavin R said | October 11th 2017 @ 11:22am | ! Report

      This is disappointing. Everything he’s worked towards building for the world cup will be lost. I believed he was the right man for the job and still has something to finish. Im not surprised given his body language in recent months.

    • October 11th 2017 @ 11:22am
      Sir Alfie said | October 11th 2017 @ 11:22am | ! Report

      This narrows the coaching candidates down to take us to the world cup if we progress. It will need to be a local who is intimate with our players and game, as we dont have enough games left to bring in a marquee foreigner and let him sort out who’s who and what our strengths are etc. I reckon FFA will go with Josep Gambau

      • October 11th 2017 @ 2:35pm
        Vissie said | October 11th 2017 @ 2:35pm | ! Report

        I’d prefer it if he wasn’t intimate with our players…

    • October 11th 2017 @ 11:23am
      Tlux said | October 11th 2017 @ 11:23am | ! Report

      I think this is fair.

      Draws and 1-0 wins against Asian minnows is not something that should be rewarded with another World Cup gig.

      Jumped before he was pushed.

      • Roar Pro

        October 11th 2017 @ 11:43am
        albatross said | October 11th 2017 @ 11:43am | ! Report

        I reckon the FFA should now move quickly and appoint someone for the Intercon playoff games. That is to say, Ange is, sadly, now a dead man walking.

        • October 11th 2017 @ 10:39pm
          bobbym said | October 11th 2017 @ 10:39pm | ! Report

          you mean a lame duck

    • October 11th 2017 @ 11:24am
      Bazz said | October 11th 2017 @ 11:24am | ! Report

      I really can’t work out what Ange has been trying to do in the last year.

      Trying to fit a bunch of players into a system that clearly isn’t working and becoming increasingly short with the Aus Media. He’s started responding really abrasively to almost any question about why a player is left out ect.

      It’s been a very odd time.

      • October 11th 2017 @ 11:31am
        Fadida said | October 11th 2017 @ 11:31am | ! Report

        It certainly has. He’s ways been the same mind you.

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