Socceroos face crucial coaching decision

WELL, it appears that the new Socceroos’ coach isn’t too far away from being announced, and one of the names that has been suggested as Ange Postecoglou’s replacement is Sydney FC mentor Graham
Arnold.
If this is the case, what on Earth is the Football Federation of Australia thinking?
If we go down this path, it will underline everything that is wrong with the world game in this country.
Firstly, Arnold has already had a stint in charge of the national team, back in 2006/07, where the Socceroos had a dismal Asian Cup campaign.
During his tenure, we lost games to Kuwait, Iraq and Denmark (which we play in the World Cup).
Now, that Danish team didn’t share the quality that it has now, with stars such as Christian Eriksen ripping teams apart.
However, the issue is that Australia doesn’t have the quality currently that it had back then.
We don’t have Vince Grella anymore, we have Mark Milligan.
The difference between the two?
European experience.
Grella played for the likes of top tier Italian sides Parma and Torino, and then Premier League club Blackburn Rovers.
Milligan, however, pulled on the boots for Shanghai Shenhua.
Most of our exports are going to the Asian leagues, where their careers go south and they end up coming back and floating from club to club.
Secondly, there is a recycling mentality in the A-League, and no-one has the guts to give someone completely new a crack.
For instance, Perth Glory goalkeeper Liam Reddy has been at seven of the current 10 A-League clubs.
Defender Scott Jamieson has played at five of the current 10 teams.
Lastly, Mitch Nichols, touted as a big talent for the Socceroos, went to Japan, returned, and has club hopped since, playing at five A-League clubs.
It’s the same old names, just at a different kit.
Thirdly, where are the big names putting their hands up for the coaching position?
The Socceroos’ job has been linked with Jurgen Klinsmann and Luis Felipe Scolari, and we could end up with Arnold?
Guus Hiddink was the last big name we’ve had in the role, and how good was he?
We’re about to go to a World Cup, and we don’t have the guts to roll the dice on a massive name and, in Scolari’s case, a proven manager at international level.
At this rate, we’re doomed for failure.

Jack Hudson

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Growing up in Gawler, Jack has taken on a variety of journalistic roles while still studying for his Bachelor of Journalism and Creative Writing degree. He began his career at The Bunyip as a weekend football writer, before taking on roles with The Footy Budget and The Cricket Chronicle and then earning his first part-time gig at the Barossa Herald. Now returning to The Bunyip, Jack also has a keen interest in footy and soccer, as well as a passion for gaming and reading.

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