Greek Australian soccer coach Ange Postecoglou has announced he is stepping down from the role as coach for the Socceroos ahead of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Postecoglou fronted the media this morning alongside Football Federation Australia (FFA) chief David Gallop to announce his decision to step down from his role.
“After a great deal of thought and soul-searching, I’ve decided that the journey for me ends as Socceroos coach,” an emotional Postecoglou said.
“As I’ve said many times, it’s been the biggest privilege of my life and probably not the ending I had envisaged when we started, but at the same time, knowing it’s the right time for me and the right decision.”
Postecoglou said he had already been eyeing up other options for his future, due to the fact his time with the Socceroos could have ended earlier if they failed to qualify for Russia.
“I want to coach abroad. Part of me, you know, is pretty keen to get stuck back into club football, working day-to-day. I mean, I have loved this job. But it’s been all-encompassing. I’ve thrown myself … it hasn’t just been coaching the national team.
“And the bit I still dearly love is the coaching aspect. So, look, I don’t want to be unemployed for too long, obviously.
“But I’ll probably need to have a break with the family and just sort of regather my thoughts.”