The Australia players celebrate winning the 2018 FIFA World Cup Intercontinental playoff.
The Australia players celebrate winning the 2018 FIFA World Cup Intercontinental playoff. DAVID MOIR

Postecoglou leaves country hanging on his future

ANGE Postecoglou described World Cup qualification as the hardest thing he's ever done, but left the country hanging as far as the finals are concerned.

Postecoglou, about whom there hve been reports that he will walk away before the finals, said he wanted to spend a couple of days reflecting on the 3-1 victory over Honduras and enjoy the moment with his wife and children.

"It's pretty overwhelming to be honest, when you're coaching your own nation the responsibility is even greater," postecoglou said.

"We deserve to be there. These players deserve to be there.... Just delighted for every one of them... We did it the hard way.

"It's quite overwhelming. It's the hardest thing I've ever done - these last 4 years... Having to go to the World Cup with a rookie squad. Knowing we had to win the Asian Cup.

"One big disadvantage is if things don't go well then there's no where to hide

"I'm going to enjoy tonight. I owe it to myself. I owe it to my beautiful wife, my boys, my friends and family.

"They've been on this journey too.

"I've got a pretty thick skin but they've had to carry a bit of the load as well with me being charge of the national team and I'm just going to enjoy my time with them tonight.

"And I'll sit down with the powers that be over the next few days and we'll discuss everything and we'll bring ti to a head and make a decision."

News Corp Australia


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