Postecoglou implemented critical ideological change in a period of transition and will be hard to simply replace
Irrespective of consequences and timing, there is a sense of inevitability that Australian football has led to this point. The Socceroos’ qualification for the World Cup was never going to influence the matter and following Ange Postecoglou’s announcement he will not lead the team to Russia, discussion has swiftly turned to who should succeed him.
He will be hard to simply replace, however. Compared to local predecessors, Postecoglou is arguably the most fluid local thinker the Socceroos have ever had. In terms of potential long-term impact, he can prove to be Australia’s most influential.