Postecoglou quits: reaction to Ange bombshell

Ange Postecoglou quit his job as Socceroos coach early on Wednesday just seven days after leading Australia to the 2018 World Cup in Russia next summer.

The 52-year old coach told a press conference in Sydney that he was going because of the enormous strain the position had placed on him personally and professionally.

His decision will hardly come as a surprise though, given the immense amount of pressure put on the coach after Australia failed to qualify automatically.

The Socceroos were instead forced to overcome both Syria and then Honduras in playoff matches in order to secure their spot in Russia.

Postecoglou has been in charge for four years, during which he led Australia to the 2015 AFC Asian Cup and qualification for both the 2014 and 2018 world cups.

His decision now leaves the Socceroos without a head coach just six months before the start of the tournament next summer, with Australian football executives admitting they were puzzled by the timing of the decision.

Players were quick to pay tribute to their departed coach.

Fans were also thankful for Ange’s contribution.

Others, though were left puzzled by the timing.

While some started thinking about possible replacements.

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