Australia coach Ange Postecoglou quits after leading team to World Cup

Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou announces his resignation as FFA CEO David Gallop watches

Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou announces his resignation as FFA CEO David Gallop watches on. DAN HIMBRECHTS

Australia join Serbia and Saudi Arabia has countries going to the World Cup without the coach who got them into the finals.

Ange Postecoglou has sensationally quit as Australian coach just days after leading the team to their fourth consecutive World Cup.

There had been speculation over the future of Ange Postecoglou. Also - Two World Cups and an Asian Cup!

"And that, as tough a decision as it is for me, it feels like the right time".

"After a great deal of thought and soul-searching, I've decided that the journey for me ends as Socceroos coach", he told a news conference at Sydney Cricket Ground. "I'll always have a sense of unfinished business, but that would probably have been the case whenever I left.

But at the same time, I know it's the right time for me and the right decision".

Australia narrowly missed out on direct entry for Russian Federation, finishing out of the automatic spots only on goal difference in Asian qualifying.

Greek-born Postecoglou, who migrated to Australia as a five-year-old, was flung into the coaching hot seat just months before the last World Cup.

The lack of a clear reason for Postecoglou's departure has left commentators and fans scratching their heads.

His departure, at the end of a 5-year contract, leaves the Asian champions in turmoil ahead of the June-July World Cup, where they will hope to improve on their 3 straight defeats in 2014.

"To my three boys James, Max, Alexi, you make me smile every day", he said.

Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou front the press to announce his resignation
Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou front the press to announce his resignation. DAN HIMBRECHTS

"All this, however, has taken a toll on me both personally and professionally".

"I'll contact them all and reach out to all of them - their journey continues. They have been my markers all along", Postecoglou added.

"We will not rush this process".

A successor for Postecoglou has yet to be announced but with the Socceroos' next match not until the global window in March, Gallop explained there will be no rush to appoint a new leader.

"With a guaranteed place in the World Cup, I am sure we will attract a strong field of candidates", he said.

"The most important part was the belief he instilled in us to play a style of football that could test any team we came up against."

"I know everyone was hanging on the one result last week to measure whether I was successful or not". I'll be their biggest supporter. "And from that perspective, I've accomplished what I wanted to do".

The 52-year-old Greek-born former Socceroo was asked when he'd finally decided it was time to quit as national coach, and leave it to somebody else to take the team to Russian Federation.

Australia won 3-1 on aggregate in the play-off against Honduras. Then five beers later I didn't know where I was.

"I'm really disappointed that he won't be coming to Russian Federation".

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