Ange has No.1 spot in sights
NEW Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou wants his team to shoot for the stars and become the top team in Asia.
After the FFA board showed faith in an Australian by installing Postecoglou to rebuild the nation's pride following two deflating 6-0 losses, the Victorian acknowledged the massive challenges that lie ahead.
Postecoglou, who has signed a five-year contract to coach the Socceroos, will mentor his Melbourne Victory outfit for the final time against the Roar tomorrow night at Etihad Stadium.
He will then walk into the FFA offices to start his new job on Monday full of enthusiasm for the task ahead.
Postecoglou said yesterday he was determined to create a world-class environment while pushing to become the best team in the region.
"Mr Lowy (FFA chairman Frank Lowy) has stated he wants us to be the No.1 team in Asia, well there's a challenge in itself," Postecoglou said.
"If we can do that, that means we're qualifying for World Cups. If we're the No.1 team in Asia then we're probably competing well at World Cups."
Postecoglou plans to adopt a hands-on approach as he looks to return the Socceroos to the highs of 2006 when they made the second round of the World Cup.
"It's just my nature but I like to get involved in everything related to football. There's no excuse for us not being world class off the field," he said. "We have everything we need at our disposal; we have world-class sports scientists, our coaches now at all levels are at international standard.
"We'll change the way we play which will obviously affect the type of players we select."
The 48-year-old acknowledged he would need to make some tough calls.
"The team does need regenerating. In any sport it's very difficult to replace champions," he said.
"It becomes even more difficult if you haven't given people opportunities along the way to gain experience.
"That's my task and I want to make sure the champions of our game will be replaced by hopefully future champions."
Postecoglou's first game in charge will be against Costa Rica at Allianz Stadium on November 19.