Ex-Socceroo Nicky Carle says Ange Postecoglou’s passion and long-term vision is exactly what Australian football needs after results-focused spells under foreign coaches.
Postecoglou is preparing the Socceroos to open their 2014 World Cup campaign against Chile in Cuiaba on Saturday morning (AEST).
The former Brisbane Roar coach was appointed to the top Australian gig less than nine months ago on a five-year deal and has ushered in widespread personnel change among the squad with a view to the future, including the 2015 Asian Cup and 2018 World Cup.
Postecoglou was handed the job in the wake of the Holger Osieck and Pim Verbeek regimes, where both foreign bosses earned World Cup qualification, but flattered to deceive in terms of style and failed to enact generational change.
Carle argued Postecoglou had made some tough decisions which his predecessors shied away from, with the future of the Socceroos in mind.
“The past few coaches we’ve had have been foreign, they’ve done well and achieved what we wanted to achieve, but with an Australian coach he looks at the future,” Carle told FourFourTwo.
“The foreign coaches come in, get paid to do a job, get it done and that’s that.
“With an Australian coach, he sticks around and wants to see the future for Australian football develop.
“His aim is more a long-term plan which needed to be done sooner or later. He’s an Aussie which means he cares about it.”
Carle, who will be at the Hyundai Fan Park for the Socceroos-Chile clash, said the entire squad would put in 100 per cent under Postecoglou and dared to dream about the Socceroos chances in Brazil.
However, the Sydney FC man said his tip for the World Cup title was Brazil’s arch-rivals Argentina with Lionel Messi to shine.
“I’d like it to be Australia who wins, but if not, I’d like to see Messi do well with Argentina and them to go the whole way, to end the debate of who’s the better footballer in the world,” Carle said.
“The battle of Messi vs Ronaldo is going to be a good one. I’m a massive Messi fan and you can’t knock Ronaldo because he’s amazing as well.
“I know they’ll both want to do really well in a World Cup so that’ll be an interesting battle on the basis of the best footballer in the world right now.”
Carle will be available to answer questions, take photos and sign autographs at the Hyundai Fan Park on Saturday morning (AEST) for the Australia-Chile clash.
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