Ange Postecoglou is set to be officially unveiled as Australian coach today after accepting an offer to become the Socceroos’ saviour.
Postecoglou is expected to lead the Socceroos for the first time in a friendly in Sydney on November 15, possibly against Costa Rica.
The 48-year-old’s ascension to the top job has been delayed by his A-League club Melbourne Victory seeking a million dollar pay-out from Football Federation Australia (FFA) for taking their coach.
FFA officials remained tight-lipped yesterday as Postecoglou’s acceptance of the Socceroos’ job became widely known.
Postecoglou’s release from his reported $600,000 a year contract with the Victory was the sticking point yesterday, with the FFA reluctant to pay the A-League club out in full.
The FFA has already been forced to give Holger Osieck a severance pay of about $1 million after sacking the German as Socceroos coach following consecutive 6-0 losses to Brazil and France.
Postecoglou was reluctant to expand on his talks with the FFA.
‘‘We’ll see what happens, we’ll see how it goes,’’ he told Fox Sports.
But the Greek-born coach is certain to steer Australia to the World Cup next year and beyond.
Postecoglou, who took Brisbane Roar to consecutive A-League championships before joining Melbourne Victory last year, was in a three-way battle for the Socceroos’ head coaching role.
The other contenders – Central Coast Mariners boss Graham Arnold and Western Sydney Wanderers manager Tony Popovic – were contacted by the FFA.
But Popovic was not been officially interviewed by FFA hierarchy. He said he paid no attention to the speculation and maintained yesterday he was unaware of Postecoglou’s acceptance of the posting.
‘‘You just told me news that I didn’t know, so that should probably tell you something there,’’ Popovic said in Sydney.
‘‘If that is true what you’re saying, then I wish Ange all the best and he will do a great job.’’
Popovic said the FFA had made no further contact since telephoning the Wanderers last week to inform them he was a candidate.
‘‘I haven’t had any discussions with anyone,’’ the 40-year-old said.
‘‘Whatever the FFA decides, if it’s an Australian coach and if it is Ange, brilliant – we move on.’’
Postecoglou, who emigrated to Australia aged five, will become the first local coach of the Socceroos since Frank Farina’s tenure ended in June 2005. AAP