Socceroos head coach Ange Postecoglou believes that Tim Cahill will not be affected by the recent public spat that involved FFA CEO David Gallop when his star striker joins the squad in late March.
After leaving Shanghai Shenhua to sign with fellow Chinese Super League club Hangzou Greentown the Socceroo record goal scorer got involved in a war of words with Gallop. Cahill made some comments regarding the A-League that when it came to signing big name players like Andrea Pirlo or Frank Lampard there was no vision.
Gallop responded to those comments by saying they were off the mark and the A-League couldn't meet his needs.
Cahill denied that he spoken to anyone at the FFA about a move to the A-League.
Postecoglou disagreed that the comments between Gallop and Cahill would affect the Socceroo’s mentality when he arrives in Australia to join the squad in late March.
“I very much doubt it got into Timmy’s head,” he said. “Timmy’s fine. No need to stress about Timmy at the moment.
“I kind of knew that he was working on something in China. I guess the pleasing thing is that he didn’t take too long. He had a really long pre-season and was fit and from my point of view I didn’t want him too long out of a training routine. But he’s back in it now and the league starts this weekend and his fit and available and that’s great.”
On Friday, Postecoglou will announce the Australian national team squad for the upcoming World Cup Qualifying games against Tajikistan and Jordan.
With two games to go the Socceroos are in a strong position to qualify to the next stage and Postecoglou believes that even though the team has been doing well there is room for the team to improve.
“We are going well,” he said.
“We’ve had a great 12 months were we have won the Asian Cup and we are on top of our group and we have lost only one game. I still think there is more in us and we still need to grow as a team.
“With that in mind selection will reflect that.”
- Con Stamocostas is an Australian football writer. Click here to see more of his work and check out the latest episode of his A-League Snobcast with co-host Rob Toddler.