Aloisi surprised by Postecoglou exit talk

Oct 12, 2017

Brisbane Roar coach John Aloisi says he'd be surprised if criticism from the media and public has driven Socceroos boss Ange Postecoglou to quit his job.

Aloisi said he had not spoken to Postecoglou, his close friend and coaching mentor, about reports he will resign after next month's World Cup qualifying play-off against Honduras - regardless of the result.

Postecoglou didn't deny them on Wednesday, and Football Federation Australia won't be making any further comment on his future for fear of disrupting the team.

"He must have his reasons. That's all I can say," Aloisi told reporters on Thursday.

"Everyone wants to go to a World Cup as a player, as a coach; so he must have his reasons why.

"I don't know what they are, I haven't spoken to him about it.

"I spoke to him the other night before the game but it was more about the game and how we're going (at the Roar) - nothing about the World Cup.

"It's a bit of a shock. But still, we haven't heard if it's 100 per cent true or not.

"We have to respect whatever decision he makes but I'd love him to be there at the World Cup coaching the Socceroos."

Speculation is rife as to Postecoglou's motivation for leaving.

Some reports suggest it is because he feels undermined or unfairly targeted by critics of his methods and his recent controversial change of formation.

Others say he has clashed with FFA chief executive David Gallop, a claim the governing body privately denies.

Aloisi said Postecoglou would know all too well that criticism is part of the job as a coach.

"I don't think that's the reason why," he said.

"Undermined? I don't know, that's something he has to answer."

FFA was already on the hunt for Postecoglou's successor but didn't think it would need one until after next year's World Cup in Russia.

The big question it faces in the event Postecoglou walks away is whether to target an Australian coach or bring in a foreigner.

Aloisi admitted he harboured dreams of coaching the Socceroos one day and urged FFA to put their faith in another local.

"I'll tell you the reason why. As a player, I really felt that putting on that jersey meant something," he said.

"And as a coach, I feel that a national team coach if he's Australian really feels something.

"Ange has shown what he's done (with) the amount of players he's brought through with the national team.

"He's actually given them an opportunity because he's believed in them from watching them in the A-League.

"I don't think a foreign coach, (like) we've had in the past, believes in what we're doing here in Australia."

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