Ange Postecoglou quits as Socceroos boss

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    Ange Postecoglou has sensationally quit as Socceroos boss just a week after helping the side qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

    The news will come as a major blow for football fans in Australia so soon after the euphoria of qualifying for a fourth-straight World Cup.

    Conjecture about Postecoglou’s future has been rife since the Socceroos defeated Syria in their October World Cup qualifier, with reports circulating after Australia’s 2-1 second-leg victory that the former Melbourne Victory and Brisbane Roar coach was considering standing down.

    Postecoglou’s refusal to confirm his future over the past month only added to the speculation and, after a day of talks with the FFA yesterday, Postecoglou has revealed he will be quitting in his role, effective immediately.

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    A visibly emotional Postecoglou confirmed the news at a press conference this morning alongside FFA CEO David Gallop.

    “After a great deal of thought and soul searching, the journey ends as Socceroos coach,” Postecoglou said.

    “This has been a very tough decision for me. It has been a privilege for me to coach my country’s national team, to lead them at the 2014 World Cup, to win the Asian Cup in 2015 and now to have qualified for the World Cup next year. I said we would do it and we have done it.

    “All this however, has taken a toll on me both personally and professionally. I have invested all I can knowing how important a period it was for Australian football. It is with a heavy heart that I must now end the journey.

    Gallop lauded Postecoglou’s record as Socceroos coach, but admitted he wasn’t entirely happy with the coach’s decision to step down.

    “I’m really disappointed that he won’t be coming to Russia,” Gallop said.

    “I’m disappointed. I’m a bit puzzled. But sometimes you reach a point you know you need to do something new.”

    Attention now turns to who the FFA will bring in to replace Postecoglou. Gallop didn’t put a timeline on when the next Socceroos coach will be announced, saying they won’t be rushed in finding the right replacement to fill Postecoglou’s big shoes.

    “We will not rush this process. The Socceroos will not play again until March next year at the earliest so we have time to conduct a thorough process. With a guaranteed place in the World Cup, I am sure we will attract a strong field of candidates.”

    Postecoglou leaves with an excellent record as Socceroos boss. After being brought in as a replacement for former manager Holger Osieck in the lead-up to the 2014 World Cup, he revitalised the side, taking an inexperienced squad to Brazil and, while despite losing all three games, their performances, particularly against Chile and the Netherlands, gave Australian fans something to cheer about.

    The side then won their first Asian Cup on home soil in 2015, defeating South Korea 2-1 in the final thanks to an extra-time winner from James Troisi.

    Postecoglou came in for plenty of criticism during the recent World Cup qualifying campaign, particularly for introducing a back three midway through qualification. However, that criticism has since been forgotten now qualification has been sealed. He finishes with a record of 22 wins and 15 draws from 49 matches in charge of the national side.

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    The Crowd Says (218)

    • November 22nd 2017 @ 9:12am
      punter said | November 22nd 2017 @ 9:12am | ! Report


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      November 22nd 2017 @ 9:14am
      AdelaideDocker said | November 22nd 2017 @ 9:14am | ! Report


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      November 22nd 2017 @ 9:15am
      Red Kev said | November 22nd 2017 @ 9:15am | ! Report


      • November 22nd 2017 @ 9:19am
        BennO said | November 22nd 2017 @ 9:19am | ! Report

        Lame comment mate.

      • November 22nd 2017 @ 9:31am
        Jet said | November 22nd 2017 @ 9:31am | ! Report

        One thing Ange is NOT is weak. Stubborn maybe. Perhaps inflexible. But weak he sure isn’t.

      • November 22nd 2017 @ 11:42am
        apaway said | November 22nd 2017 @ 11:42am | ! Report

        Stupid comment.

    • November 22nd 2017 @ 9:20am
      jamesb said | November 22nd 2017 @ 9:20am | ! Report

      Why is he quitting?

      • November 22nd 2017 @ 9:25am
        pauli said | November 22nd 2017 @ 9:25am | ! Report

        I suspect it’s for family reasons. He has a young child and being an international manager means you’re away from home for several weeks several times every year. When you’re sacrificing family life and all you’re receiving in return is scorn from the media and aggrieved fans, you have to ask yourself if it’s worth it. I guess it’s just no longer worthwhile for Ange. He’s achieved all that is achievable with the Socceroos at this point in time – let’s face it we aren’t likely to win a World Cup until this nation seriously invests some serious coin and resources into the code like the Germans, Brazilians and even the Japanese do – and for that he should be commended.

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          November 22nd 2017 @ 9:44am
          Daniel Jeffrey said | November 22nd 2017 @ 9:44am | ! Report

          Think you’re on the money pauli. Ange was fighting back tears when thanking his family, particularly when talking about having to leave them 24 hours after his son, Max, was born. Has to have been a major factor.

          • November 22nd 2017 @ 10:03am
            bobbym said | November 22nd 2017 @ 10:03am | ! Report

            A lot of us have young kids – look at our FIFO workers. No excuse and really he just had anther few months to go most of it spent here.

            • November 22nd 2017 @ 10:15am
              pauli said | November 22nd 2017 @ 10:15am | ! Report

              And look at the social problems caused by FIFO. Not everyone is willing to let their family life slide.

              • November 22nd 2017 @ 11:40am
                Brian said | November 22nd 2017 @ 11:40am | ! Report

                Thats true but ange is on tge sort if money tgat would allow one parent to stay home full time. It puts him in a better position then most even with his travel

            • Roar Rookie

              November 22nd 2017 @ 10:31am
              The FatMan said | November 22nd 2017 @ 10:31am | ! Report

              How many FIFO workers would quit on the spot if they were offered the same job with same pay only 30 minutes down the road?

              • Roar Guru

                November 22nd 2017 @ 11:01am
                spruce moose said | November 22nd 2017 @ 11:01am | ! Report

                Depends on how close they are to retaining Qantas platinum for another year I guess :p

              • Roar Rookie

                November 22nd 2017 @ 11:23am
                The FatMan said | November 22nd 2017 @ 11:23am | ! Report

                No exaggeration, there’s more hi-vis than suits in the Perth Virgin lounge on any given day, guaranteed.

              • Roar Guru

                November 22nd 2017 @ 11:46am
                spruce moose said | November 22nd 2017 @ 11:46am | ! Report

                I know….The Qantas lounge(s) are the same. It’s surreal.

                The only exception are red-eyes to Sydney. That’s all suits.

          • November 22nd 2017 @ 12:25pm
            LuckyEddie said | November 22nd 2017 @ 12:25pm | ! Report

            This is a win/win for big Ange. He has pocketed a couple of million over the last few years and travelled the world first class. So now with Russia in sight he pulls the pin churning out the ‘family’ responsibilities line. Now if that team gets flogged in Russia people will say ‘if only Ange had stayed on’. Major win win for Ange.

          • November 22nd 2017 @ 12:28pm
            LuckyEddie said | November 22nd 2017 @ 12:28pm | ! Report

            Not the old ‘family responsibilities line. He has made a few million out of football over the last few years to set him and the family up for ever. A lot of us have to work away from the family so he is not on his own but the difference is how much he pocketed.

            • November 22nd 2017 @ 7:13pm
              Rolly said | November 22nd 2017 @ 7:13pm | ! Report

              If you calculate all the hours he has put in few million is peanuts the job is very high demanding the loss of family time not seeing his kids grow up ,the stress, unlike the boss of Aussie post who earns six million for sitting on his arse all day and working out how many staff to sack .good luck to you Ange you gave it your best shot,it’s time.

              • November 23rd 2017 @ 3:33pm
                LuckyEddie said | November 23rd 2017 @ 3:33pm | ! Report

                FFA is always crying poor and you consider $5 million peanuts. I don’t know what world you live in but a lot of people work away from home or have to work long hours for a lot less than what big Ange has pocketed. Him and his family will have a nice wealthy future so spare us the tears.

        • November 22nd 2017 @ 11:05am
          Fadida said | November 22nd 2017 @ 11:05am | ! Report

          And yet whenever he had spoken about reasons for leaving issues with FFA have always been flagged

          • Roar Guru

            November 22nd 2017 @ 11:41am
            Cousin Claudio said | November 22nd 2017 @ 11:41am | ! Report

            He was always going to resign to get revenge on the FFA.
            He just waited till we qualified to get maximum effect and rub their noses in it and hope they begged him to stay.

            Looks like he didn’t get what he wanted and now he’s taken his bat and sulked home.

            • November 22nd 2017 @ 11:46am
              apaway said | November 22nd 2017 @ 11:46am | ! Report

              And your sources on that are what, exactly? I didn’t see a guy sulking. I saw a proud man making a difficult decision while paying a lot of respect to his staff, his employer and the players he worked with. Of course, if you want to continue with your gossip group, feel free…

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              November 22nd 2017 @ 3:25pm
              Cousin Claudio said | November 22nd 2017 @ 3:25pm | ! Report

              I’ve always respected your opinions as a fellow football fan, but it was obvious to a lot of people that Ange was always going to do this, its his style.
              He’s still bitter and not over being sacked as the U20s coach all those years ago.
              He’s loving it.

              We should have been talking about the Socceroos great wins against Syria and Honduras and the fantastic FFA Cup win last night but what are we debating . . . again . . .

              How many football managers in the world have resigned straight after qualifying for the FIFA World Cup finals, name me one apart from Postecoglou.

              I used to be a huge fan of his but his petulant behaviour of the past few months and the way he has stuck it into the FFA and Australian football as a consequence has been shameful in my humble opinion.

              • November 22nd 2017 @ 3:44pm
                chris said | November 22nd 2017 @ 3:44pm | ! Report

                Bert van Marwijk left Saudi after qualifying.

          • November 22nd 2017 @ 11:42am
            Alan said | November 22nd 2017 @ 11:42am | ! Report

            By other people.

    • November 22nd 2017 @ 9:21am
      mattq said | November 22nd 2017 @ 9:21am | ! Report

      just keeping it about Ange. Modus Operandi intact.

      • November 22nd 2017 @ 11:04am
        Fadida said | November 22nd 2017 @ 11:04am | ! Report


        • November 22nd 2017 @ 11:28am
          chris said | November 22nd 2017 @ 11:28am | ! Report

          Should he have quit via email so as not to appear to it being “all about Ange?”

          • Roar Guru

            November 22nd 2017 @ 11:43am
            Cousin Claudio said | November 22nd 2017 @ 11:43am | ! Report

            An SMS to Gallop would have been more appropriate 🙂

          • November 22nd 2017 @ 1:04pm
            marcel said | November 22nd 2017 @ 1:04pm | ! Report

            …should have waited a couple of days so that the FFA Cup final had a bit of airtime.

            • Roar Guru

              November 22nd 2017 @ 1:56pm
              Cousin Claudio said | November 22nd 2017 @ 1:56pm | ! Report

              The timing of his announcements are bizarre, but effective.

    • November 22nd 2017 @ 9:23am
      BennO said | November 22nd 2017 @ 9:23am | ! Report

      That’s a shame. He’s made the right decision if he knows he can’t give everything that the role requires during the World Cup.

      I don’t know football at all well but I’ve always liked Ange, since he took over coaching Brisbane (when he got on my local radar). Reminded me of Leigh Matthews, a straight talker.

      Best of luck to him for the future.

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