Ange Postecoglou has resigned from his position as Socceroos boss a week after qualifying for the 2018 World Cup. His time at the helm was a mixed bag. While we pushed Chile, the Netherlands, and Spain at the 2014 World Cup we lost all three matches, before winning the 2015 Asian Cup on home turf. However it took longer than expected to qualify for Russia and his position was questioned. But let’s not focus on the bad, let’s focus on the good, let’s focus on the numbers of Postecoglou’s reign.
Postecoglou was judged on his results and looking at the winning percentage you can see why he quit. The Socceroos played 49 matches between 2013-2017 winning 22, losing 15, and drawing 12 giving him a percentage of 44.8. Australia did however have a +37 goal difference in his stint scoring 86 and only conceding 49.
The two-time A-League championship winning boss used 60 players in his four years. While Timmy Cahill and Mat Ryan are expected, it’s Mat Leckie who secured the most caps with 45. He only had four caps before the Australian manager took over
- Mathew Leckie 45
- Tim Cahill 39
- Mark Milligan 39
- Mathew Ryan 38
- Trent Sainsbury 33
While it may have been surprising to see Leckie as Australia’s most capped player under Postecoglou it’s no surprise who is leading the goal scoring charts. Perhaps our greatest Socceroo Tim Cahill, scored 22 of his 50 international goals under Postecoglou. Followed by captain, and obvious legend, Mile Jedinak scored 15.
- Tim Cahill 22
- Mile Jedinak 15
- Tom Rogic 7
- Tomi Juric 7
- Massimo Luongo 6
But who is next? Graham Arnold? Kevin Muscat? John Aloisi? Maybe someone out of left field. Tony Pulis in available.