Postecoglou deserves praise as Socceroos walk the World Cup tightrope

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 08:04:17 AM. Ange Postecoglou should be attracting support for sticking to his guns in the final stage of the Socceroos' World Cup qualification journey, writes sport editor David Mark.
Photo: Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou arrives back in Sydney after the draw with Honduras. (AAP: Craig Golding) Spend some time with Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou and you will quickly learn he is a man who backs his judgement and is not afraid if he attracts critics. He has needed to rely on this character trait, as the speculation about his future as Socceroos coach mounts and the numbers of those welcoming his possible departure continue to grow. Moments with Ange part one (Gosford, May 2014) Confidence and surety. "I certainly don't lack belief in what I do and my whole belief system is pretty strong about the way you should play the game and the way you should conduct yourself," Postecoglou tells me. And there it is, right from the start. Postecoglou does things his way. From the beginning he has been an exponent of attacking football and a man with a high dose of self-belief. He has scoured the world, blooded numerous players, tossed around positions. Gambled. No coach who listens to his doubts, or the many doubters, would have changed formation to shift to three defenders during the middle of a World Cup qualification campaign. The critics have bemoaned the Socceroos' new set-up. Theirs is the same thinking as the Pim Verbeek and Holger Osieck style of football that put results ahead of style and was stultifying Australian football prior to a couple of 6-0 losses and the long-awaited appointment of a home-grown coach. The Socceroos' 2006 World Cup squad...Read more
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