Ange Postecoglou has resigned as Australia National Team coach after deciding not to continue in the post until the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia.
Ange Postecoglou, 58,made the announcement at a media conference in Sydney on Wednesday, flanked by Football Federation Australia CEO David Gallop.
“It’s been the toughest decision,” Postecoglou said.
“It’s not the ending I envisaged but it won’t take away from how rich this experience has been.”
“I love coaching Australian players,” Postecoglou added. “I’ve often said to them when you make a choice in this country to play football and that’s going to be your dream.
“You’re choosing the hardest possible road and it takes enormous courage. That’s why I love coaching Australian players.”
Ange Postecoglou was appointed Socceroos coach in October 2013, on a five-year contract, replacing Holger Osieck
He took Australia to the 2014 World Cup, where the team performed competitively in a tough group featuring Chile, the Netherlands and Spain.
Postecoglou and the team then were crowned 2015 AFC Asian Cup champions after winning the tournament on home soil.
Postecoglou indicated he was keen to return to coaching club football and get back to “working day-to-day” quickly.
“I loved this job but it has been all encompassing,” he said. “I don’t want to be unemployed for too long but I probably need to have a break with the family and regather my thoughts.