FFA: Not happy, Holger...
A listless Socceroo squad wilted under the pressure of Neymar and Co as Brazil cruised to a 6-0 friendly win over Australia on Saturday.
Even given the quality of the opposition, the performance lacked any sort of direction and once again questioned the approach of national team coach Holger Osieck 10 months out from a World Cup in Brazil.
With a friendly in Paris against France coming up next month, another disastrous result and unimaginative squad selection will not be tolerated by FFA.
Furthermore, many media commentators and fans on forums expressed great disappointment in the lack of game time for players such as Tom Rogic, who only came on after the 70th minute, and back up keeper Mitchell Langerak who remained on the bench for the entire game.
Even though the Socceroos defence was left looking old and slow, Holger left the ageing centreback pairing of Lucas Neill and Sasa Ognenovski on the filed until full-time.
The result and selections has sparked furious debate about the players who should be selected for Brazil next year and who should be the coach at the helm.
Former Socceroos coach Guus Hiddink has been mentioned as has former Argentina and Chile boss Marcelo Bielsa, with both currently unattached to any clubs or nations.
While calls for Melbourne Victory coach Ange Postecoglou may be premature, the national governing body is feeling the pain the rest of the football community is feeling following the embarrassing loss.
“There is no review process as such in place for the national team coach, but a result like that, a 6-0 loss, is unacceptable,” an FFA spokesperson told au.fourfourtwo.com.
“A national team coach is always under pressure anywhere in the world, and that’s no different with the Socceroos, but it’s fair to say many are not happy with what happened. Not happy at all. ”