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Postecoglou opens up about his coaching future

Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou says his focus is on his team's next two games.
Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou says his focus is on his team's next two games. DANIEL MUNOZ

ANGE Postecoglou has declared his love for his role as Socceroos coach but insists he doesn't care if people aren't satisfied by his refusal to reveal his future plans.

Reports after the Socceroos beat Syria last week suggested Postecoglou could walk from the job even if he qualifies the team for the World Cup.

FFA has declined all media requests for him, with chief executive David Gallop failing to rule out the prospect of Postecoglou leaving Australian football's top job after next month's intercontinental playoff against Honduras to reach the World Cup.

But Postecoglou broke his silence for the first time at a function on Thursday.

"It's the first question my wife asked me when I got home the next day as well," Postecoglou said of the speculation.

"It's obviously been a hell of a talking point and for me it's served its purpose because no one is talking about the back three any more.

"It's certainly helped in that area, no one is talking about the congress, so David (Gallop) is really happy.

"I guess from my perspective - and it's interesting because I haven't said anything - to hear it all play out.

"I get the interest in it but some of the commentary around it is a bit bewildering to me because the reality of it is that my focus is these two games.

"Because if we don't get through these two games then there's no decision to make. That's the one certainty. It's not because I'm leaving it out there for people to talk about, or have conjecture about.

"I've set up the environment like that.

"I've said to the players every time they walk into camp that we've all got 10 days, two games. Even if we qualify for the World Cup, I can't guarantee that all those players are going to be there.

"So I'm not going to go out there and start thinking about what happens post these two games because they're just too important.

"Like I said, some of the commentary around it has been a bit bewildering. I guess people are trying to figure out a reason why.

"It's certainly not because I'm not enjoying it. This is the greatest honour you can possibly have.

"I love every minute of coaching my country. I know I'm in a pretty special place and I love every minute of it.

"Like I said, people will talk about it and I'll let them talk. It means they're not talking about my back three, which is nice."

Asked if he's prepared to be bombarded with questions about his future until Australia plays Honduras, Postecoglou was dismissive.

"I don't really care to be honest. It's not what's important to me," he said.

"It's not how I think, it's not how I work.

"I guess people don't understand that but I guess that's because they don't me. I think a lot of people think they know me but they don't. It's not the way I'm wired.

"These two games are too important for me to think about anything else.

"The last coach qualified for the World Cup and he wasn't there when it came around. So there's no guarantees about anything in life. Especially in sport.

"You start thinking about what you're going to do in a year's time in sport, you're going to miss what's happening now.

"For me the most important thing is we get the job done in the next two games and all the other stuff - whether it's criticisms around the way the team's playing or me or what I'm going to do - is just noise that doesn't really infiltrate me and certainly doesn't infiltrate the camp."

Asked what his dream coaching job would look like, Postecoglou spoke of a desire to forge a path overseas and help boost the reputation of Australian coaches.

"What I do know is that part of this journey for me is to coach overseas, definitely," Postecoglou said.

"Not because of any personal ambition, obviously that's part of it. I just reckon that's the next frontier for us and I believe I will be successful wherever I coach next, particularly if it's overseas, and I'll do it as an Australian.

"All my education, all my upbringing has been in this country and I think that will help people take notice of us as a nation again.

"Because wherever I am overseas having success, it won't be as someone who learnt their football in another country, it will be as an Australian and I think that's somewhere in my journey that I can have an impact that can still satisfy the drive I have to grow the game here."

Postecoglou is due to name a 30-man squad next Wednesday for the first leg of the playoff against Honduras in San Pedro Sula on Saturday November 11.

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