Australian Socceroos head coach Ange Postecoglou and players pose for a photograph
Australian Socceroos head coach Ange Postecoglou and players pose for a photograph

‘I didn’t tell them’: Ange’s shock admission about WC ‘surprise’

FORMER Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou has opened up on his pre-World Cup departure from the national team hot seat.

Speaking on BBC World Football, Postecoglou revealed that he couldn't tell his players of his impending exit.

"I didn't tell them. I couldn't to be honest," Postecoglou said.

"With international football as it is, the players were on the plane the next evening, and I didn't make the public announcement until a few days later.

"I had a couple of quick conversations with the players that night, just did the usual bit of telling them to keep healthy until the next camp.

 

"They probably thought I was just keeping my usual distance, I think they would have been surprised by me resigning."

The 52-year-old departed after guiding the Aussies to the World Cup following a lengthy qualifying campaign, an exit he said was a long time in the making.

"It was probably 12 months in the making and in the final six-months of qualification I was pretty much resigned to it," he said.

"Towards the tail-end of qualifying, just before the Confederations Cup, I got the sense that I was becoming more frustrated with aspects of what I was doing than enjoying it.

"I knew that once the role was done it was time for me to move on and grow, go to the World Cup with a different voice in their head.

"I had a few drinks and with every drink I kept thinking, 'Oh, maybe I should just go to the World Cup, because you enjoy working with people and see people having success and I wanted to be part of that.

"I was leaving on my own terms. There was some relief and some satisfaction, but that came later."

Despite giving up the chance to steer his home nation's World Cup hopes for a second time, Postecoglou asserts he has no regrets surrounding his decision to step aside.

"That will be the toughest time," he said.

Australia's head coach Ange Postecoglou during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Intercontinental play-off football match between Australia and Honduras
Australia's head coach Ange Postecoglou during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Intercontinental play-off football match between Australia and Honduras

"I'm under no illusions about what I'm giving up, I realise I've given up a hell of a lot but as I sit here now, I don't regret what I've done.

"I want to have a certain intent in everything I do...if I can't marry that with what I'm doing than it's best I leave because I'll coach but I won't coach well, I'll just do the job.

"I've avoided having a proper job my whole life because I'll wake up in the morning and I just won't want to."

After a period unemployed, the ex-Brisbane Roar and Melbourne Victory boss has taken up a role as head coach at Yokohama F Marinos in Japan's J-League.

"Things are going okay here," Postecoglou said.

"Results haven't been spectacular but I'm slowly making in-road in terms of the way I want the team to play.

"I'll plonk myself up at a bar somewhere hopefully on an island in Greece and cheer the boys on and then get back to work here and make a success here at Yokohama."



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