Top Australia coach set to spearhead the team’s World Cup campaign.
Melbourne Victory coach Ange Postecoglou looks set to take over the job as manager for the Australian football team in the lead-up to next year’s World Cup in Brazil.
The position became vacant after the sudden sacking of Holger Osicek, after the Aussies were thumped 6-0 in an international friendly by France, in what was the last straw in a long list of disappointing results.
BREAKING – @FOXSportsNews understands the FFA have targeted Melbourne Victory’s Ange Postecoglou as the next Socceroos coach
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Postecoglou may have just put his nose in front of fellow contender Graham Arnold, who helped the Central Coast Mariners to the A-League title last season and is also well-respected in the game in Australia.
Australia star Tim Cahill said while the other candidates have plenty to offer he also put his support behind Western Sydney Wanderers boss Tony Popovic.
The veteran striker said whoever Football Federation Australia picks as its coach for the next World Cup, they have to be a long-term solution to bring in more young talent into the top side.
“ll be totally honest with you, I’ve worked with Popa – he’s unbelievable, he’s someone I admire, as is Arnie (Graham Arnold),” Cahill said.
“I’ve met Ange a few times and he’s done fantastically with the A-League.
“I think it’s great we’re looking for the Australian talent – maybe there could be two of them working together, who knows?
“For Australia, so long as we’ve got a long term plan not a short term fix then I’d love to be a part of the new journey.”