There could be a few reasons for the surprise resignation of Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou.
At this early stage, you would have to suggest he has been offered a big contract to manage a club side in another country, somewhere like China who is currently throwing big money at stars and managers would be the front runners.
If there isn’t an offer on the table, he must feel that he is losing the belief of the squad and feels he must another manager may rejuvenate the Socceroos.
It’s still a bit surprising he’s left – I don’t think he was pushed out because we’ve only lost one match in the qualifiers and he had a long contract.
We wouldn’t have scored many goals in our qualifying series and he is trying to play a different style to create goals, taking over a young squad he’s done a great job.
Realistically though, even with a new team manager I think we can only make it so far.
We want to play attacking football, but it’s whether or not we have the players with the ability to deliver that product, we’re still relying on Tim Cahill and he’s turning 38.
If someone new comes in and sees some belief in the players, maybe we can make the 16, right now we’re ranked 30 in the world and that’s where we deserve to be.
We need to be realistic, if we could get one win, one draw and one loss to make the 16 we’d be in a good place, but we are up against it.
There isn’t a draw yet so we’ll wait and see, but obviously that’s going to have a huge impact on our chances.
I think bringing a new coach on board will be okay for the team as long as they make a decision in the next month or so.
The players are going to have to adapt to a new playstyle and they need to give the team time feeling comfortable.
I think I would like to see another Australian manager take over.
Graham Arnold from Sydney FC was an assistant for a lot of years and I think he would be the front runner.
Or someone like Kevin Muscat - manager of Melbourne Victory – could be worth a look at, I’m not really sure whose available internationally.
In the 2006 and 2010 World Cups we had an international heading the team and I think it would be good to see them keeping it local again this time around.
Either way I don’t think we’re a chance of winning, but it would be great if we could make the round of 16.
The Australian national side will now eagerly await the draw for the FIFA 2018 World Cup as well as new leadership.