Previous
Bayern Munich
Paris Saint-Germain
3
1
FT
Game Details
Manchester City
Borussia Dortmund
0
1
FT
Game Details
Internazionale
Zenit St Petersburg
3
3
FT
Game Details
Marseille
Villarreal
1
1
FT
Game Details
Benfica
Sevilla FC
1
0
FT
Game Details
Galatasaray
Valencia
1
2
FT
Game Details
Atlanta United FC
DC United
3
1
FT
Game Details
Seattle Sounders FC
Vancouver Whitecaps
2
0
FT
Game Details
New York Red Bulls
New England Revolution
11:00 PM UTC
Game Details
Philadelphia Union
LA Galaxy
11:00 PM UTC
Game Details
Columbus Crew SC
Orlando City SC
11:30 PM UTC
Game Details
Next

The hole that Cahill leaves in Australian football

Australia
Read

Five issues Arnold's Australia face

Australia
Read
 By AAP

Ange Postecoglou implores FFA to hire 'the best person for the job'

The next Socceroos coach does not have to be an Australian -- just the right person for the job, says former boss Ange Postecoglou.

Postecoglou became the first Australian coach to qualify the country for a World Cup after beating Honduras in November's two-legged play-off tie.

He sensationally quit straight afterwards, leaving Football Federation Australia in search of his successor six months out from Russia 2018.

Much debate has focused on whether the next coach should be an Australian or a foreigner.

But Postecoglou, despite championing both Australian players and coaches throughout his career, believes nationality should not be a factor in FFA's decision.

"I just want it to be the best person for the job," Postecoglou told Fox Sports.

"Maybe it's my naivety, I kind of thought I was the best person for the job.

"Not because I happened to be Australian, but because of the circumstances there at the time, the rebuilding of the team, implementing a philosophy to understanding Australian culture. I thought I was the best man on this planet."

Australia coach Ange Postecoglou
Former Australia boss Ange Postecoglou sensationally quit the Socceroos in November.

Postecoglou cited Alen Stajcic's appointment at the Matildas as another success.

"So if they stick to that kind of formula of clearly knowing what they want ... if that's Australian, great, but I don't like the separation of Australian coaches from foreign coaches," he said.

"Stop categorising if you're an Australian player or coach you fit into this box.

"I don't buy into that but it doesn't mean you discount the foreigners, but they need to understand our culture, our players.

"It shouldn't surprise people there are a lot of impostors in the coaching world ... but there are some genuinely fantastic foreign coaches who will bring something to the game."

FFA's expert panel is in the process of defining the criteria for its next Socceroos appointment.

While chief executive David Gallop has made clear his preference to hire another Australian, he noted circumstances may get in the way.

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.