Former superstar Aussie goalkeeper Mark Bosnich has launched a savage tirade against Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou.
Mark Bosnich rips into Ange
Bosnich’s comments came in the wake of the Socceroos’ very scrappy 2-1 victory over football minnows Thailand. The below par result ultimately cost the Socceroos automatic qualification for the world cup.
Whilst the Socceroos dominated play, they failed to make the most of their opportunities. In some ways however they were fortunate. Especially with the referee missing a certain penalty for Thailand early in the second half.
Thai keeper Sinthaweechai Hathairattanakool was brilliant in his final match for his country making a string of superb saves.
Saudi Arabia’s 1-0 win over Japan means the Socceroos’ path to the World Cup has just got a whole lot more difficult.
Bosnich couldn’t hide his disappointment in the aftermath of the game when speaking on Fox Sports.
“There’s something further at play. Since the game in Perth [against Bangladesh], there was a clash between the FFA and the PFA. Ange said something to calm the situation and got slapped down publicly by the FFA. He’s getting paid seven figures so I can understand that – if I was your boss and paying you seven figures, I’d expect you to back me up,” he said on Fox Sports.
“Since that day he’s not been a happy man. We’ve seen that in his demeanour, in his interviews. Whatever issues he’s had with the FFA, it seems he’s taken that out on everyone.”
“Don’t be using the national team as an experimental laboratory. It’s not there for that. It’s too important for that.”
“We’re not England or Brazil or federations with a lot of money. We are strapped for cash and this game in this country needs us to qualify for the World Cup all the time. It’s not to be tinkered with for, basically, him to say ‘I can do this, I can do that, I’m thinking about this for the World Cup’.”
“We’re not even there yet!”
“At the moment, he’s hanging by a thread in my opinion. If we go through the play-off route there should be serious consideration given to the fact we need a different voice because those players, regardless of what they’re saying publically, aren’t responding like they used to.”
by Michael T. Lynch – contributor