MELBOURNE Victory are deep in talks with Football Federation Australia (FFA) over the release of Ange Postecoglou from his duties with the A-League club.
Postecoglou remains the hot favourite to become the new national team coach, replacing the sacked Holger Osieck, but the Victory and FFA need to thrash out a compensation deal.
Postecoglou is signed up to the Victory until the middle of 2015 and the club reportedly want $1 million to release him.
‘‘We might be making some comment later today. We will go and have some breakfast first,’’ Victory chief executive Ian Robson told Fox Sports on Tuesday morning outside the club’s offices.
‘‘There are conversations going on and, for the moment, we want to keep those conversations directly with the FFA.’’
Postecoglou could not guarantee on Tuesday that he would be coaching in Friday night’s A-League clash with early competition pacesetters Brisbane at Etihad Stadium.
‘‘We will see what happens,’’ said Postecoglou when asked if would be at the helm against the Roar.
Osieck was sacked earlier this month following a three-year stint as Socceroos coach which included successfully qualifying for next year’s World Cup before successive 6-0 losses to Brazil and France in friendlies proved too grim for the FFA. AAP