Tim Cahill dis­mayed by tim­ing of Ange Postecoglou spec­u­la­tion

The Guardian Australia - - Sport - Aus­tralian As­so­ci­ated Press

Soc­ceroos for­ward Tim Cahill has said he is dis­ap­pointed that talk of Ange Postecoglou’s coach­ing fu­ture has over­shad­owed Aus­tralia’s win over Syria. Postecoglou will re­port­edly walk away from his po­si­tion next month even if the Aus­tralia make it through to next year’s World Cup by beat­ing Hon­duras in an intercontinental play­off.

Cahill, who scored both goals in Tues­day night’s 2-1 win in Syd­ney, did not con­firm whether he had spo­ken to Postecoglou since the re­port sur­faced but said it’s “only spec­u­la­tion”. He said the fo­cus should be on cel­e­brat­ing Aus­tralia’s achieve­ment in ad­vanc­ing to the fi­nal stage of World Cup qual­i­fi­ca­tion.

“It is just spec­u­la­tion,” Cahill said. “I feel that this an­gle, the day af­ter the big­gest game in Aus­tralian soc­cer to qual­ify for a fourth con­sec­u­tive World Cup, is not needed.

“I think we con­cen­trate on cel­e­brat­ing a 2-1 vic­tory, firstly, and look­ing for­ward to a full house at home in Syd­ney of 80,000-plus. Spec­u­la­tion is al­ways go­ing to come with our game and it is just dis­ap­point­ing it has come out the day af­ter.”

Cahill, who was pro­mot­ing Mel­bourne City’s A-League round two derby with Vic­tory on Satur­day night, in­sisted the play­ers were not af­fected by Postecoglou’s pos­si­ble de­par­ture. “It is called pro­fes­sion­al­ism,” he said.

Ear­lier on Thursday, John Aloisi said he would be sur­prised if crit­i­cism from the me­dia and pub­lic has driven Postecoglou to quit his job.

Aloisi said he had not spo­ken to the coach and could shed no light on his fu­ture. If Postecoglou does walk away the Bris­bane Roar coach also urged Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion Aus­tralia to name a lo­cal suc­ces­sor – not a foreigner.

Tim Cahill em­braces coach Ange Postecoglou af­ter the Soc­ceroos’ win over Syria at ANZ Sta­dium. Pho­to­graph: Matt King/Getty Im­ages

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