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SOCCEROOS coach Ange Postecoglou has sensationally quit as manager of the national football team and won't lead Australia to the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Postecoglou fronted media this morning with FFA Cup boss David Gallop to make the announcement.

It follows weeks of speculation on Postecoglou's future as Socceroos boss which culminated in an hours-long meeting with Gallop at FFA headquarters in Sydney yesterday.

Postecoglou will now step back from a Socceroos delegation travelling to Russia for the World Cup draw next week.

Postecoglou was meant to be part of that, travelling to Moscow via Bangkok where he has been nominated for Asian Coach of the Year in a ceremony on November 29.

Socceroos assistant coach Ante Milicic is likely to go in his place.

Speculation has swirled around Postecoglou's future since the playoff games with Syria last month, when he failed to deny reports that he was poised to walk away once last week's tie with Honduras was complete.

Despite his success in winning the Asian Cup and navigating the qualification path to the World Cup, it's believed he has been seeking a club job for the new year.

 

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ANGE Postecoglou is seemingly set to reveal his Socceroos coaching future on Wednesday morning, with a 9am press conference called.

Postecoglou will appear with Football Federation Australia chief executive David Gallop at the SCG. No further details have been given but Postecoglou promised a quick resolution to his future in the wake of Australia's World Cup qualification last week, after widespread reports that he would stand down as coach before Russia 2018.

Postecoglou has repeatedly refused to deny that he would quit his post, having taken over the Socceroos just before the Brazil 2014 World Cup.

"There's ... a whole range of reasons, some are fairly personal, some are private, some are just me as a person, and some are professional, that all need to be put into place," he said of his future. "What's going to be good for the team is also a consideration."

Postecoglou last night attended the FFA Cup final at Allianz Stadium, where he was seen with FFA chairman Steven Lowy. He was applauded by the crowd when shown on the big screen.

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With Postecoglou tipped to exit the job, Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold (a former Socceroos caretaker boss) and Melbourne Victory's Kevin Muscat have been touted as potential new managers for the Socceroos. Arnold, whose Sky Blues team claimed a historic treble by winning the FFA Cup on Tuesday night, would be favourite.

 

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