Tim Cahill admits he is “disappointed” by the timing of reports linking Ange Postecoglou to an early departure from his Socceroos post.
The Herald Sun reported on Wednesday, barely 12 hours after Australia defeated Syria 2-1 in Sydney, that Postecoglou would stand down as Socceroos coach in November.
That would even be if the Green and Gold managed to defeat Honduras over two legs and secure qualification to Russia 2018.
Cahill rescued Australia after falling 1-0 behind against the Syrians, netting two headed goals.
The veteran revealed his frustration at the situation.
“It’s just speculation and I feel that this angle, the day after the biggest game in Australian soccer, to qualify for a fourth consecutive World Cup, is not needed, especially now,” Cahill said.
“I think we concentrate on celebrating a 2-1 victory firstly and looking forward to a full house at home in Sydney of 80+ thousand.
“Regardless of whether we like it or not, everyone’s going to be watching because this is a chance of a fourth consecutive World Cup.
“Speculation is always going to come with our game. It’s just disappointing it’s come out the day after.”
Postecoglou’s contract is due to end following the World Cup.
Asked whether the sticky scenario was affecting any teammates, Cahill responded simply: “It’s not affecting any players.”
With international duty now wrapped up for a month, Cahill’s attentions will return to clubland, where he faces a Melbourne Derby with City at the weekend.
Warren Joyce’s team started the season positively on Friday, defeating Brisbane Roar 2-0 at AAMI Park.
Out to break Melbourne Victory’s winning derby run of two, Cahill lauded City’s depth.
“Going into a derby this weekend, we’ve never been stronger when it comes to depth in a team,” he said.
“All these young players … you can see the development.”
While Cahill did not confirm whether he would start the game, he stressed he would be ready for action when called upon.