The Ange Postecoglou imbroglio looks set to fester after Football Federation Australia boss David Gallop failed to end speculation about the Socceroo coach’s future.
Reports surfaced after the last World Cup qualification game against Syria that Postecoglou would quit after next month’s play-off matches against Honduras.
Gallop didn’t provide any clarity on Postecoglou’s future – short term or otherwise – when he fronted the media on Monday.
Asked if Postecoglou had confirmed that he’d be stepping down after the matches on November 10 and 15 Gallop said: “No, I think he’s not necessarily indicated that he’s made a decision, he’s focused on November and that’s where we’re at.
“Obviously I’ve spoken to Ange a number of times, a number of factors go into this kind of thing.
“He’s made no secret of the fact he wants to coach week-in week-out again, but his focus is on November and knuckling down to the task which is to qualify for our fourth consecutive World Cup.”
Postecoglou has yet to address the initial report, that suggested he would pull the pin regardless of whether the Socceroos qualify for the World Cup or not.
Reports surfaced that he had tired of what he perceived to be incessant criticism of his tactics.
Gallop conceded the timing of Postecoglou’s reported departure wasn’t great but said the coach was comfortable with the support he was getting from FFA.
Postecoglou hasn’t clarified whether there were any current issues with FFA but has previously had to back down after criticising the peak body over the players’ pay dispute in 2015.
Asked who might be contenders for the post should it fall vacant, Gallop said: “I’m not in a position to give you names but I can tell you that we’re constantly making sure that we know what’s out there and what the positions might be.”
Quizzed over whether any replacement for Postecoglou would be Australian, Gallop said “not necessarily.
“But it’s been a strong point in the last few years is to have that connection to Australian football and understanding the A-League and an ability to look below the Socceroos at what our structures are where we’re at with our junior national teams.
“So I certainly I think it’s always in our interests to look to Australian coaches if we can.”