Victory: Hands off Ange, FFA!

MELBOURNE Victory have told Football Federation Australia to keep their hands off Ange Postecoglou after the governing body last night approached the club for the coach's services.

FFA are on the lookout for a new Socceroos boss after Holger Osieck was given the boot following consecutive 6-0 defeats at the hands of Brazil and France. 
 
Victory are reluctant to let two-time championship winning coach go as he heads in to his second season at the helm of the club and helps builds a foundation for the future.
 
Postecoglou confirmed in a press conference on Thursday that the club “may have had some contact” from FFA. 
 
But au.fourfourtwo.com understands the contact did not last more than a phone call with Victory denying the ruling body the chance to talk to the coach or his representatives. 
 
Victory battled Crystal Palace in pre-season over the services of Mark Milligan and look to have an equally arduous challenge on their hands with Postecoglou and the FFA. 
 
As the 48-year-old firms as the favourite to take over the reigns of the national team, Postecoglou did not rule out the possibility and claimed the opportunity would be a “great honour”.
 
“It would be a massive honour but as where I sit right now I’m coaching the Melbourne Victory and really looking forward to tomorrow night's game,” he said.
 
Postecoglou also acknowledged assistant Kevin Muscat as a possible replacement should he take up the Socceroos job.
 
“Kevin would be a number of many young coaches around the country who I think will eventually get that opportunity to coach (in the A-League)” he said.
 
“Kevin Muscat’s been an important part of what we’ve done here there’s no doubts about it. 
 
“Anyone who knows the way I work I put a lot of responsibility on the people around me. The progress we’ve made in the last 18 months, he’s been a massive part of it.”
 

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