Who will lead the Socceroos to Russia in 2018?

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One things is certain. Next summer, the Socceroos will be heading to the World Cup Finals for the fourth time in a row. The only question that remains is who will lead them there?

The Australian national side booked their ticket thanks to a two-legged victory over Honduras in the intercontinental play-offs. Coach Ange Postecoglou, who has previously been described as irreplaceable, has yet to confirm whether he will be in charge of the squad for the showpiece event in Russia.

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It is not the first time that there has been speculation about the boss’s future but the FFA will be hoping for a quick resolution this time around as they look to begin preparations for FIFA’s global soccer extravaganza. Discussions have already begun but it has been reported that there are several professional and personal issues that need to be addressed.

In the wake of the 3-1 win in Sydney in which Mile Jedinak bagged a hat-trick sparking jubilant celebrations, Postecoglou remained tight-lipped about his future. And, with talks ongoing, punters at Betting Club and other social betting platforms will be keeping a keen eye on proceedings as his decision could have a direct effect on Australia’s position in the betting markets.

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After five years at the helm, it will obviously be a difficult decision and he may feel tempted to see the job through to the end after enduring a 22-match qualification campaign. Fans and pundits have often been divided about his approach to the game: often throwing caution to the wind in an attempt to bring a more attack-minded style of football to the team in yellow.

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But, in the end, his methods have been justified and even the most ardent critic would be forced to admit that the Socceroos have never had a better man in charge.

The constant forensic analysis of his team’s performances in the media may have worn him down over the years but, overall, the public has been behind him and that might be enough to persuade him to stay on. By securing qualification, he has at least kept his destiny in his own hands and will be able to call the shots in talks over his future.

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There was a twist to proceedings last week when reports linked Postecoglou with the vacant managerial position at Scottish Premier League side Rangers. Mark Bosnich, who has previously criticised the coach and called for his sacking, has suggested that it would be the perfect move for the 52-year-old, an opinion echoed by Melbourne Victory Coach Kevin Muscat.

If Postecoglou does decide to call it a day, it has been suggested that current assistant manager Ante Milicic would make the ideal replacement.

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The 43-year-old has worked with the national side for nearly four years and is rated as one of the best up-and-coming coaches in Australia.

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His appointment would also offer a level of continuity in terms of the new playing style that has been implemented by the national team.

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