Ange Postecoglou stands down as Socceroos coach

Australian soccer team head coach Ange Postecoglou smiles during a reception following their qualification to the 2018 soccer World Cup in Sydney Australia Thursday Nov. 16 2017. Australia's 3-1 victory over Honduras secured the next-to-last spot in

Australian soccer team head coach Ange Postecoglou smiles during a reception following their qualification to the 2018 soccer World Cup in Sydney Australia Thursday Nov. 16 2017. Australia's 3-1 victory over Honduras secured the next-to-last spot in

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

- brad smith (@bradsmith_94) November 21, 2017Just want to say thanks to Ange for everything he has done for football in Australia and me personally.

"As I've said many times it's been the biggest privilege of my life, and it's probably not the ending how I had envisaged when we started".

National team coaches are due to attend a meeting in Moscow next week before next Friday's World Cup draw, but it's unlikely Australia will appoint a permanent replacement before then.

Football Federation Australia chief David Gallop said he was confused as to why Postecoglou had made a decision to cut short his reign before the end of his five-year contract next July.

"It's something I've mulled over for a while... overall it's just an instinct, it's just the right time for me, it's just the right time for the team".

Postecoglou announced his resignation at a press conference on Wednesday, one week after the Socceroos beat Honduras in Sydney to secure their place at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

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.

He worked under the Socceroos' Dutch coaches Guus Hiddink and Pim Verbeek, and managed the team in 2007 during the Asian Cup. "I've often said to them when you make a choice in this country to play football and that's going to be your dream. Of course, Ange's record speaks for itself".

Greek-born but Australian through and through, Postecoglou said he had taken great pride in proving that a local could do the job. "The Socceroos will not play again until March next year at the earliest so we have time to conduct a thorough process", Gallop said.

Postecoglou indicated he was keen to return to coaching club football and get back to "working day-to-day" quickly.

"The standards Ange set. will now always be there and that's a huge part of the legacy Ange leaves".

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