Postecoglou resigns: Who will land the Socceroos top job?

Postecoglou resigns: Who will land the Socceroos top job?

By Jay-Anna Mobbs

The top job as head coach of the Socceroos is up for grabs after Ange Postecoglou announced his resignation following four years in the position.

Postecoglou announced his departure at a press conference on Wednesday morning alongside FFA Boss, David Gallop.

“After a great deal of thought and soul searching I’ve decided that the journey for me ends as Socceroos coach,” Postecoglou said at a media conference in Sydney on Wednesday.

As a result, this means Postecoglou will not be attending the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and misses the opportunity to be the only coach to lead the Socceroos at two World Cups.

“As I’ve said many times, it’s been the biggest privilege of my life and it’s probably not the ending I’d envisaged when we started – but at the same time knowing that it’s the right time for me and the right decision.”

Speculation had arose over what Postecoglou’s actions would be ahead of the 2018 tournament after he refused to confirm if he would lead Australia to Russia.

FFA Chairman, Steven Lowy, and Chief Executive, David Gallop, were keen on keeping Postecoglou after he led the Socceroos to the World Cup with a 3-1 win last week over Honduras.

“It will be a challenge for the next coach. He will only get a couple of games before the World Cup but he will get a squad that is ready to go.”

Postecoglou had hinted at grievances in the position.


Who will be the replacement?

A search to replace Ange Postecoglou has gone far and wide with a range of names suggested from both national and international options.

Australian Options

Graham Arnold: Sydney FC Coach. Arnold has previously had a run at heading the Socceroos, and has a decade of service to the national teams programs.

Kevin Muscat: Melbourne Victory Coach. Muscat has close ties with Postecoglou, and is a believer in the resigned coach’s philosophy. He also has worked with several Socceroos at the Victory.

Ante Milicic:  Socceroos assistant/Olyroos coach. Milicic was brought into the national team by Postecoglou, and has recently been appointed as the national under-23s coach.

Tony Popovic: Karabukspor Coach. Popovic is on shaky ground with his current team after dismissing the clubs board.

Foreign Options

Guus HiddinkUnemployed. Hiddink led Australia to a exceptional round-of-16 spot at the 2006 World Cup.

Carlo Ancelotti: Unemployed. Ancelotti holds titles in Italy, England, Germany, and three European Champions League successes. He was sacked by Bayern Munich two months ago.

Ronald Koeman: Unemployed. Koeman was strongly linked to the replacing of Arsene Wenger at Arsenal, and has a reputation of over-achievement.


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