Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou addressed the media today after announcing his squad to face Honduras.
Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou addressed the media today after announcing his squad to face Honduras.

Ange's fierce defence of Socceroos legacy

A PASSIONATE Ange Postecoglou has admitted he doesn't know whether he intends to continue as Socceroos coach if his side beats Honduras in a playoff to earn a place at the World Cup.

Refusing to clarify his position once more, Postecoglou launched a fierce defence of time as Socceroos coach and the legacy he will leave behind.

At an emotional press conference this morning, to announce the squad of players to take on Honduras over two legs, Postecoglou said that questions over his future were "hypothetical" and "irrelevant" until after the second leg in Sydney on November 15.

At times appearing to contradict himself, Postecoglou said his future was "crystal clear" and "the only one that's certain", as he took aim at critics despite insisting he was immune to their attacks.

Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou addressed the media today after announcing his squad to face Honduras.
Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou addressed the media today after announcing his squad to face Honduras.

Speaking to the media for the first time since reports surfaced earlier this month that he would walk away after the Honduran games no matter the result, Postecoglou was asked directly if he knew in his own mind what he intended to do.

"No, not really," he answered, before denying his players would be affected by the uncertainty.

"Some (people) suggest there's disharmony so maybe some (players) will be happy if I'm going," Postecoglou said. "It's all hypothetical and irrelevant.

"All along we've been focused on these two games and my intent is clear - to make sure we qualify.

"My future is not why the players are there. They are there to represent their country. I can't even guarantee they'll be going to a World Cup even if we qualify.

"Ask Robbie Kruse or Rhys Williams what it's like to miss a World Cup through injury. All along I've said that no one is guaranteed anything.

Ange Postecoglou remains cagey on his future as coach. Picture: Brett Costello
Ange Postecoglou remains cagey on his future as coach. Picture: Brett Costello

"All we can guarantee is that we've got two weeks together as a group to try and get our country to another World Cup."

As he was pressed continually about why he would not clarify his future, Postecoglou insisted his legacy - after four years in the job - would not be defined by the results against Honduras.

"I know what my legacy is (and) it's never going to be defined by one game or one result," Postecoglou said. "I hope my legacy will be someone who believes in something and followed it through.

"The rest of it? In the last little period I've been called 'Con Postecoglou' because Con and Ange are obviously easily misinterpreted, both ethnic names.

"I've had my surname twisted in headlines for something really clever and funny, which took me back to my primary school days.

"I've been called egocentric, selfish. There's been calls for me to get sacked. You know what? I'm still here and I won't change who I am or what I believe.

Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou celebrates with Tim Cahill. Picture: Brett Costello
Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou celebrates with Tim Cahill. Picture: Brett Costello

"That will be my legacy, and some people won't like that because they don't like me. Others may appreciate that. That's what my legacy will be and it won't be a result or a performance."

Shrugging off calls from a handful of former Socceroos for him to quit now, Postecoglou said he welcomed debate.

"It doesn't hurt me. That's how people want to define me at the present moment after 30 years of football in this country," he said.

"If I start changing the way I am because of that kind of stuff, then I do tarnish my legacy.

"I've never had a problem with any criticism, ever. Have I rung anyone in this room, ever, to tell them I wasn't happy with their article?

"Criticism is healthy, debate is healthy. I have no issue. My legacy is as someone who stuck to their guns, their beliefs, their values. No amount of mud thrown at me will change that."



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