Ange Postecoglou and Mile Jedinak. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
Ange Postecoglou and Mile Jedinak. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Aussie skipper’s verdict on next Socceroos boss

SOCCEROOS captain Mile Jedinak says he'd prefer to see the next national team coach have a similar playing style to Ange Postecoglou.

The Socceroos boss resigned after Australia qualified for the World Cup and has since joined J League club Yokohama F Marinos.

Jedinak said as the Socceroos had spent the past three years refining a particular type of play, it made sense for Postecoglou's successor to continue in a similar vein.

"I just think that it just needs to be clear about what direction we want to go in," Jedinak told Optus Sport.

"The group has progressed over the last three years (with) a certain style of play, we get that.

"What would be good for that now? To continue that maybe, try and take it up to the next level would be great.

"But I can also see an argument for doing something different as well - I get that as well."


Mile Jedinak and Ange Postecoglou. Picture: Toby Zerna
Mile Jedinak and Ange Postecoglou. Picture: Toby Zerna


Jedinak said maintaining a similar possession-based game style was important in terms of continuity for both the Socceroos and the lower and junior levels of Australian football.

"You'd like to see a continuation of some sorts in terms of the style and what we're trying to do - because I know that it's not just us that's doing it, it does filter down - not just through the national teams but the way the curriculum's set up.

"Ultimately, if I'm going to say, it's more about just trying to give us the best opportunity at the World Cup."

Jedinak queried whether there would be enough time to fully implement a new style of play ahead of the World Cup.

"I think you're going to need a period of adaptation. I think probably the better question is, is there enough time?" he said.

"March camp is normally (we) play two games, 10 days, limited amount of sessions and then the next phase is usually just before the World Cup.

"Do you want to be doing all of that just before the World Cup? I think that's where you come back to 'what you are used to now would be great because you all know it' and it might be less difficult to adapt to someone's ideas in that sense.

"But football's not black and white and things change and that goes with styles of play and the way that managers think, even game-to-game.

"So to say that one way's going to be better than the other - there's arguments for both.

"But for us I think it's just making sure that whatever's going to get done, we give our absolute maximum to see where it gets us."