Find out more about the man who will lead Australia at the World Cup in Brazil
The long wait for a new Australia national team manager is over, with the FFA unveiling Melbourne Victory boss Ande Postecoglou as the new boss – but what do we know about the new Socceroos gaffer? Brought in as a replacement for the departing Holger Osieck, who was fired following consecutive 6-0 defeats in friendlies against France and Brazil, the 48-year-old has already set his stall out for next summer’s World Cup finals.
'The Socceroos belong to the people of this nation,' he told the assembled media at his unveiling. 'It’s my job to make sure we represent all that is good in Australian football. We need to strive for greatness, to play with spirit and have unwavering belief in our mission.'
Here are six things you may not have known about him...
1) Postecoglou is regarded as one of the most successful Australian managers of all-time, having won two NSL championships whilst in charge of South Melbourne along with two A –League title successes with Brisbane Roar.
2) Born in Athens, Greece, Postecoglou moved to Australia at the age of just four and spent the entirety of his playing career (1984-1993) with South Melbourne making 193 appearances and scoring 19 goals.
3) The 48-year-old has some minor managerial experience in Europe too, having taken charge of Greek second division side Panachaiki back in 2008 with his side challenging for promotion before a falling out with the club’s hierarchy saw him walk away from the role.
4) The FFA had to work hard to get their man, with current employers Melbourne Victory initially demanding $1m in order to grant Postecoglou’s release. After lengthy negotiations they eventually backed down, agreeing to compensation of $50,000 to cover 'transition costs'.
5) Despite talk of Sir Alex Ferguson and Guus Hiddink, only three people were officially shortlisted for the job with Postecoglou joined by Graham Arnold, the manager of Central Coast Mariners and Western Sydney Wanderers boss Tony Popovic, who previously featured for Premier League club Crystal Palace as a player.
6) Postecoglou’s last game as Victory boss will be a poignant one, with the Greece-born manager set to take charge of their home encounter with Brisbane Roar – the club where he enjoyed arguably his biggest successes as
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