MELBOURNE Victory midfielder James Troisi says he has endured mixed feelings as coach Ange Postecoglou firms as a favourite for the vacant Socceroos job.
Troisi, 25, was signed on loan by Postecoglou just last month but Frank Lowy revealed that the next Socceroos manager is set to be one currently at the helm of an A-League club.
Speaking ahead of Victory’s round two clash against Adelaide United on Friday, Troisi believes his coach is the right man to lead Australia in Brazil next year.
“I think he’s the right man,” said Troisi. “Do we want him to go? Yes and no.
“He hasn’t spoken about it to us, we hear about it on the news and the TV. We’ll have to wait and see what happens with that I guess.”
Despite Postecoglou being one of the front runners to take over from Holger Osieck, Troisi thinks the club will remain in good hands if he departs.
“The background staff want to play the same way,” he said. “Ange has cemented that in the mentality at Melbourne Victory.
“He’s a very good coach and he’s going to be missed if he goes, but I’m sure someone will step in and do the job just as well.”
Troisi made his A-League debut on Saturday night in the Melbourne derby after spells overseas in Turkey with Genclerbirligi and Kayserispor, and in Italy with Atalanta.
The Adelaide-born midfielder was substituted after 83 minutes, something that surprised him given his interrupted pre-season.
“It was a great first game obviously in terms of the derby and the amount of fans that were there,” said Troisi. “Obviously I still need to work on a little bit of match fitness but I think I started quite well.
“I didn’t realise I was going to last that long but you have to fight through that barrier of pain a bit.
“Speaking to Ange my intentions are to play 90 minutes, week in, week out. Obviously it’s going to take a bit of time to get my match fitness up but that’s what I need to do.”
Troisi’s last appearance in the Green and Gold of Australia came in a World Cup qualifier last year against Saudi Arabia at AAMI Park, but admits he doesn’t know what the future holds in store for him as Brazil approaches.
“First and foremost for me it’s always been about club football,” said Troisi. “If I’m getting on the pitch, playing regularly and doing my thing then I’m sure (playing for Australia) is going to be an option.
“At the end of the day, you can be the best player and the coach doesn’t like you and doesn’t pick you. In my case I was doing really well in Turkey but wasn’t getting selected.
“I don’t know what’s going to happen next, but as I said if I’m doing what I can do on the pitch with my club then I’m sure hopefully things will go well with the national team as well.
“You ask every footballer about playing in the national team and playing in the World Cup and every single player will say it’s the biggest thing in football.
“Everyone wants to do it and you have to have the desire and the hunger to do that.”