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Foreign coaches axed as Australian teams flounder

Reuters, SYDNEY

“There’s no doubt, in any code and in any country, if you’re coaching the national team and you come from that country, there’s always that little extra bit you’ll put into it,” he told SEN radio.

“An Australian has to live in this country once he’s finished that job. I think there’s some sense in saying that if there’s an Australian who’s ready for it, you know, then that would be the way to go,” Postecoglou added.

Despite saying that recruiting an Australian coach would “make sense,” Gallop said the FFA had already put out feelers to Guus Hiddink, the Dutchman who led Australia to the last 16 at the 2006 World Cup.

However, whoever takes the job will inherit a very different squad from that Hiddink took over in 2005, a generation of players who blossomed into Australia’s finest.

Given that the current team just managed to squeak past the likes of Oman, Iraq and Jordan to get to Brazil, there is a case for suggesting that, whether led by Australian or foreigner, expectations for the Socceroos might be a little bit too high.

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