Tim Cahill (R) says speculation over Ange Postecoglou’s future as Socceroos coach is disappointing. (AAP)
Tim Cahill has said he is disappointed by the speculation over Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou’s future erupting the day after Australia’s crucial 2-1 win over Syria.
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Cahill scored a match-winning brace in the nervy extra-time victory to advance the Socceroos to an intercontinental play-off against Honduras in November.
But the aftermath of the match was dominated by reports Postecoglou was set to quit his post as head coach once the November play-offs were wrapped up.
In a statement, the FFA and Postecoglou did not definitely rule out a move following the Honduras tie, with Postecoglou saying his “sole focus [was] on preparing the team for our final two qualifying matches”.
Pressure on Postecoglou has been building steadily after a string of mediocre results and a formational shift midway through the team’s qualifying campaign.
Cahill, who is gearing up for a derby between the Melbourne Victory and his A-League club Melbourne City, said speculation was just part and parcel of the game.
“It is just speculation. I feel that this angle, the day after the biggest game in Australian soccer to qualify for a fourth consecutive World Cup, is not needed. Especially now,” Cahill told a media gathering.
“I think we concentrate on celebrating a 2-1 victory, firstly, and looking forward to a full house at home in Sydney of 80,000-plus.
“Regardless of whether people like it or not, everyone will be watching. This is a chance for a fourth consecutive World Cup.
“Speculation is always going to come with our game and it is just disappointing it has come out the day after.”
Cahill insisted the players were not affected by talk Postecoglou’s resignation was imminent.
“It is called professionalism,” he said.
Tim Cahill rolled back the years to score twice in a match-winning effort against Syria. (AP: Rick Rycroft)
While Postecoglou and the Socceroos have copped criticism for not dispatching teams in their Asian qualifying group more efficiently, Cahill insisted that there were no easy opponents in World Cup qualifying, with Honduras no exception.
“It is never going to be easy. You have seen what Thailand did to us at home and gave us a run for our money and even at their place and you see the same with the Syrian team,” Cahill said.
“Everything now is about leaving everything on the pitch. There is no real hidden secret to winning games these days, other than making sure that we prepare right, which is what we do as an organisation.
“The 23 boys that were selected for the two games are ready to play. It is not just about one game.
“It is about going away to Syria, getting the right result — it was 1-1 — and coming home and finishing the job.
“Regardless of what country we go to or who we play against, our preparation won’t be any different.
“I am excited by it. We have got a big month of domestic football individually for some players who have to perform to be selected.”