Advisor Mark Schwarzer thinking long-term for new Socceroos boss

Advisor Mark Schwarzer thinking long-term for new Socceroos boss


Socceroos great Mark Schwarzer says he is hopeful a new national team manager will be appointed with an eye to the future.

Former goalkeeper Schwarzer, capped 109 times by Australia, will form part of a panel advising FFA on a new boss.

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That panel, joined by Mark Bresciano and Stan Lazaridis, will deliver recommendations to FFA for an appointment by mid-February.

“In an ideal scenario, you want someone long-term,” Schwarzer told Melbourne radio station 3AW.

“You want to be able to put someone in place who is pretty much for the next four and a half years because you don’t want to be in the same predicament in four years’ time.

“What you want is a manager, I think in the ideal scenario, is someone there to 2022.

“To go through the whole process, Asian Cup in between, qualify for Qatar 2022, then take the team there.”

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Australia are hunting a successor to Ange Postecoglou, who resigned from his position soon after leading his country past Honduras and into the 2018 World Cup after a gruelling qualification campaign.

Postecoglou was in the job for four years.

A host of names have already been linked to the position according to a variety of reports, including high-profile foreigners Jurgen Klinsmann and Sven-Goran Eriksson.

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Of the crop of domestic managers, Graham Arnold’s name has been floated as well as Kevin Muscat.

FFA CEO David Gallop said when Postecoglou departed that his preference was to appoint an Australian manager.