A lot of talk has been surfacing as regards the would-be successor of ousted Australia Socceroos head coach Holger Osieck, and Melbourne Victory coach Ange Postecoglou is the leading contender, according to sources.
“I am driven by one thing: I want to grow the game in this country. That's all I am interested in. If I am best placed to do that, I will do that.” - Ange Postecoglou
Mr Postecoglou's contract with Victory will expire in a year's time, but he could be on for an early exit to revive the ailing national team that incurred two successive 6-0 international friendly defeats against Brazil and France.
''If they go local you would think he would be the obvious choice,'' an anonymous insider from the Melbourne Victory told the Sydney Morning Herald.
''If we are approached, then of course we would have to discuss it. If Ange wanted to do it and came to the board, then we would obviously have to look at it very seriously,'' the source added.
Football Federation Australia (FFA) is considering the appointment of a homegrown coach, as they eye to implement a long-term solution for the Socceroos' managerial issue.
Mr Postecoglou has expressed his desire to take the helm but will only accept the post if merits so warrant.
"I am driven by one thing: I want to grow the game in this country. That's all I am interested in. If I am best placed to do that, I will do that," said Mr Postecoglou.
"The only thing I would recommend strongly is that they appoint the best person for the job," he added.
"I don't like this 'let's go local'. I have never been into tokenism, doing things because it seems right. I would not want to think that we would be taking any short cuts with our national team," the prospective coach continued.
Perth Glory boss Alistair Edwards expressed his assent to naming Mr Postecoglou as the Socceroos head coach and maintains that the latter has his track record to back him up, rather than going for a foreign manager.
''Ange Postecoglou has won four championships and he has been around for quite some time,'' said Mr Edwards.
''You've seen what he did with Queensland Roar, turning their season around playing some fantastic football, so if they go local ... he's the one they should go to," he added.
''The likes of Hiddink have been mentioned. Great coach, but that's only a short-term fix. I would prefer to see someone come in now and make sure that we're part of the long-term plan," he continued.
''Five years ago there was probably, it could be argued, a need to get some foreign coaches to come in here. But you can see now in the A-League the top three coaches last year were all Australian,'' Mr Edwards stated.
Meanwhile, Graham Arnold, who sources deem as a possible contender, has also been vocal about his fascination to mentor the national team.
"It would be an honour. It would be an honour if they (FFA) looked that way, and they looked down the Australian pathway for coaches. I can openly say that I had 10 years with the national team. I had two World Cups. I've had probably 300 games sitting on the bench at national team level. And I've obviously learnt a lot," Mr Arnold told Fox Sports.
He further stated that the results that Australia recently came up with is "killing him" and does believe that "Australian coaches are now ready" to handle such daunting task.
"I do believe an Australian with the passion and the pride to coach the Socceroos would be fantastic, whoever it is," he added.
"Whether it is Ange or Poppa or whoever, I think it's time we looked at the big picture," he added.
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