Melbourne Victory midfielder Mark Milligan believes Socceroos teammate Tim Cahill has made the right call in leaving Melbourne City for the sake of his own World Cup selection case.
City announced they had agreed to mutually part ways with Cahill on Wednesday morning after the attacker said three weeks ago he was seeking more match minutes.
Cahill, 38 today, started just one match for City this season though his A-League campaign was interrupted by international duty and injury.
News Corp reported a rift between Cahill and City boss Warren Joyce following the club’s 3-1 defeat against Brisbane Roar in Round 7.
“Timmy continues to do what Timmy does,” Milligan told a media conference.
“I hadn’t heard (that he’d left City) out on the training pitch but I look forward to seeing where he heads next.
“Him and everyone else in the team will make sure they’re in the best possible place come May, end of May next year.
“Everyone wants to be playing.”
Milligan backed Cahill to succeed wherever he decided to move, including the Middle East, where Milligan spent time with Emirati club Bani Yas before returning to Victory.
“Everyone has learned never to back against him (Cahill) and I have no doubt that for himself, he’s making the right decision,” the midfielder said.
“Timmy could go anywhere and do a job.”
Ultimately the new Socceroos manager will have the final say on whether both Milligan and Cahill are taken to Russia in June next year.
FFA updated the situation on Tuesday, revealing an expert three-person panel comprising former Socceroos Mark Bresciano, Mark Schwarzer and Stan Lazaridis would advise it on just who is the best person to succeed Ange Postecoglou.
Asked whether he would prefer a local or international manager, Milligan insisted he had no preference.
“I think they’d want to continue building on what we’ve done over the last four years, so it’ll be interesting,” he said.
“I know they’ll search thoroughly and make sure that the person they do bring in is the right fit.”
A new Australia manager will be appointed in mid-February.
FFA CEO david gallop has said his preference is to appoint an Australian coach.