John Aloisi insists that another Australian coach should take charge of the Socceroos should Ange Postecoglou exit before the 2018 World Cup.
Another step was taken towards a spot on football’s biggest stage with a 2-1 defeat of Syria in the second leg of their qualification tie on Tuesday night.
However, the result only sparked further speculation regarding Postecoglou’s future at the helm of the Australian national team, with reports surfacing that he will quit the position in November.
With his dedication to the use of talent developed in the local competitions a hallmark of the 52-year-old’s time as Socceroos coach, Aloisi says that it is vital for the continued development of the team that this mindset is kept intact – something he feels a foreign personality would not bring to the position.
“Do I feel that it should be an Australian coach of the Socceroos? Definitely,” he told reporters
“We know about the culture here in Australia, we know the mentality of the Australian players.
“As a player, I really felt that putting on that jersey meant something and as a coach I feel that a national team coach, if he’s Australian, really feels something.
“The amount of players he’s brought through with the national team to go onto bigger and better things, Aaron Mooy is a prime example – he didn’t play under any other coach, but he played under Ange.
“He’s given them an opportunity because he’s believed in them from watching them in the A-League.
“I don’t believe [the] foreign coaches we’ve had in the past believe in what we’re doing here in Australia. They don’t believe in the A-League as much as us Australians do.”
A combination of lacklustre results and team selections have seen Postecoglou come under scrutiny as Australia flirt with qualification heartbreak, yet Alosi expects that the current speculation will not be detrimental to the mentality of the Socceroo players.
“[It’s] a bit of a shock…I thought that if they do qualify – when they do qualify – that he was going to take us to the World Cup,” he added.
“He must have his reasons, that’s all I can say, because everyone wants to go to the World Cup – as a player, as a coach – so he must have his reasons why.
“The criticism comes with the job…we have to accept it and I’m sure Ange does.
“I don’t think it will unsettle the players, they’ve got the World Cup at stake so that shouldn’t unsettle them. They’re not changing anything before that game – Ange is still going to be there so they will know their roles.”