Postecoglou set to become new Socceroos Head Coach.

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Ange Postecoglou looks set to be named as the new coach for the Socceroos following the sacking of Holger Osieck. The German was sacked after a disastrous few games against Brazil and France where the Australians conceded 6 goals in each game. Melbourne Victory released a statement that confirmed Postecoglou’s release, opening up his path to take the position.

A number of big names were thrown up into the mix for the job – Tony Popovic and Graham Arnold were also contenders. Even ex Socceroos boss Guus Hiddink was a possibility, though an Australian that would be in it for the long haul was preferred.

Melbourne Victory, however, are not very pleased by the way in which the FFA poached their star manager. Though they have stated that they are very pleased for Postecoglou, they are not so happy with the process in undertaken by the governing body.

“We are disappointed with the process undertaken by the FFA, given the outcomes we tried to secure could never have been achieved within the timeframes offered, which ultimately forced us to accelerate our decision not to stand in Ange’s way” said Victory chairman Anthony Di Pietro.

It has been understood that there has been rigorous negotiations between the FFA and the Melbourne A-League side, resulting in a compensation deal.

Victory will announce who will replace Postecoglou in the coming days, though current assistant coach Kevin Muscat is considered the early favorite to land the job.

Postecoglou is now free to start formulating his squad and backroom staff ahead of the World Cup in Brazil next year, followed by the Asian Cup in January 2015, which of course will be held in Australia for the first time. His first game in charge is expected to be a friendly against Costa Rica at Allianz Stadium next month.

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