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Less than a week after he guided Australia to FIFA World Cup 2018 qualification, Ange Postecoglou has resigned from his position as the national team boss.
The 52-year-old Greek-born Australian helped the Socceroos to qualify for their fourth straight World Cup, courtesy of a play-off success over Honduras 3-1 on aggregate.
Postecoglou called a press conference on earlier this week with Football Federation Australia chief executive David Gallop to announce his decision to stand down.
“All this has taken a toll on me both personally and professionally. I have invested all I can knowing how important a period it was for Australian football. It is with a heavy heart that I must now end the journey.
“To coach your own country is the greatest privilege but it also has enormous responsibility.
“I feel now is the right time to pass on that responsibility to someone who will have the energy it requires. I owe this to the football association, the players and the fans,” Postecoglou said.
He was given the chance to enter discussions regarding a new contract after next year’s tournament in Russia, but has decided now to step away.
Postecoglou first took charge of the Australian national team in 2013. He guided them to the Asian Cup title in 2015. During his tenure he won 22 out of the 49 games he was in charge for.
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