Ange Postecoglou resigns as Socceroos coach

Ange Postecoglou resigns as Socceroos coach

Ange Postecoglou resigns as Socceroos coach

Messages of thanks have begun to roll in from Socceroos on social media after Ange Postecoglou resigned on Wednesday morning. "I want to coach overseas", he said.

FFA chief executive David Gallop said he was "disappointed and I guess still a bit puzzled", by Postecoglou's decision, but added, "I'm supportive of the notion that sometimes you reach a point where you just know that you need to do something new".

The Socceroos do not play until March, with Gallop adding that "there's enormous advantages in having an Australian in this position".

Postecoglou withstood criticism for his tactics and failure to secure results in winnable games during a long and hard campaign to qualify for the World Cup.

"But it doesn't necessarily guarantee that we will be able to find an Australian".

Ange Postecoglou framed his departure as Socceroos head coach with a stereotypically Aussie scenario.

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Gallop said he was still a little confused as to why Postecoglou had chose to end his reign before the end of his five-year contract next July and would be in no hurry to appoint a replacement.

Mr Postecoglou said he may return to club football, saying he didn't "want to be unemployed for too long".

Speculation about Postecoglou's future increased after a newspaper report in the wake of Australia's Asian playoff win over Syria suggested he would not take the team to Russian Federation regardless of what happened in the intercontinental playoff against Honduras.

The 52-year-old Greek-born former Socceroo was asked when he'd finally decided it was time to quit as national coach, and leave it to somebody else to take the team to Russian Federation.

The coach was heavily criticised throughout Australia's ultimately successful qualification run and it was a regular theme of his post-match press conference. "I won my first championship when I was 31 years old", he said. "I'll probably need to have a break with the family and just sort of regather my thoughts".

"But that's fine, I wear that as a badge of honour as I keep saying to people".

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"It's worked well for me".

"We've changed the way we play, whether people like it or not, think it's good or not", he said.

There had been speculation about Postecoglou's future after a report in local media following the victory over Syria in October said he would be standing down after the Honduras tie, win or lose.

"The Socceroos have a big gap in the calendar now, and it's important that we get the right person to fill the big shoes", he said.

Postecoglou said he had received "a hell of a lot of encouragement" from the public and key football figures but "they just don't happen to hold microphones so they don't get heard".

"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", he said.

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