News

National coaches repaced with Aussies meets mixed results

AS A reaction to some of our sporting teams struggling on the world stage, three overseas national team coaches have been sacked and replaced with Australians.

Ewen McKenzie took over the Wallabies from New Zealander, Robbie Deans and so far he has not been able to turn their fortunes around.

Darren Lehmann was given the job with the Aussie cricketers after the bitter break-up with South African, Mickey Arthur.

While losing the one day series in India his biggest test is still to come when we take on the English in the upcoming Ashes Series.

While our Socceroos qualified for the World Cup next year, two six-nil thrashings in friendly matches saw German, Holger Osieck being shown the door.

Melbourne Victory and former Brisbane Roar coach, Ange Postecoglou has been given the job of turning the team's fortunes around. While Postecoglou was born in Greece, he migrated to Australia with his family as a five-year-old and grew up in Melbourne.

He played 193 games for South Melbourne in the NSL as well as representing Australia on four occasions.

After moving into coaching, he became one of the most successful in Australia winning two premierships each with South Melbourne and the Brisbane Roar.

Ange is going to need all that experience as well as the support of the players and all involved with the national team to ensure we are not a bit of a joke at the World Cup.

His first test will come when Australia takes on Costa Rica in Sydney on Tuesday, November 19.

This will be a stern test for the Socceroos as Costa Rica has moved up the rankings to 31 while our team has slipped four places to 57.

There have been a number changes made to play this match with a number of the veteran players left out.

Long-time keeper, 41-year-old Mark Schwarzer, decided to call it quits after 109 games with the national team.

Whether he was pushed or just decided to go out while he was on top certainly gives former ATW keeper, Mitch Langerak a great opportunity.

I note that APN Football columnist, Phil Dillon under his pseudonym "Offside" and I can assure him that is just what he is with the local football fans.

He has gone for Mathew Ryan as a replacement for Schwarzer and not our Mitch even though Langerak has started in goal in the last two matches.

To the SMS contributor, "Makesense" it is obvious you have never heard of Bundaberg's Josh Brillante who played for the Socceroos in the recent Asian Cup.

Topics:  ange postecoglou, darren lehmann, ewen mckenzie, opinion, robert edgar, socceroos




Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Five key election issues for sugar region economies

Healthy looking sugarcane at Goodwood Rd, Goodwood. Photo Brittany Cook / Isis Town & Country

Canegrowers are urging politicla parties to commit to future growth.

Trailer Tests with Tim and Tabitha

Rider Tim and trusty pony Tabitha were first to test new trailer.

Help us keep workplaces fair

Financial Planning - Couple getting consulted

Fair Work ombudsman Natalie James appealed to the community for help

Latest deals and offers

Health Concerns

HEALTH CONCERNS: Edenbrook Estate residents are concerned about the proposed development of a Windrow Composting Facility at Kay McDuff Drive Norville. Craig Brooks, Jodie Brooks, Keith Mansfield, Ron Geyer, Na Geyer, Clinton Church, Robert Astill, June Lavander, Leah Whaleboat, Joe Galea, Andrea Astill, Maureen Cox and Larry Cox. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail

HEALTH CONCERNS: Edenbrook Estate residents are concerned about the proposed...

Dos and don'ts of dog attacks

A video showing what to do and what not to do when confronted by an angry or...

Barnaby Joyce talks Johnny Depp's dogs in Tweed

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce talks about Johnny Depp's dogs Pistol and Boo...

Own Sunshine Coast property? You’re about to make money

UP AND UP: Property owners are likely to win from rent and price increases but tenants and first home buyers might not be so happy. Photo: Brett Wortman / Sunshine Coast Daily

Good new for property owners, not so good for buyers and tenants.

Sale nears on last large block of land in Coolum

The 43.37ha property on South Coolum Rd has sold.

South Coolum Rd property to be land banked