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By ESPN Staff

Postecoglou to lead Socceroos

Melbourne Victory have confirmed coach Ange Postecoglou is set to become the new Socceroos boss.

Ange Postecoglou's domestic success has led to his appointment for the national team.
Postecoglou was heavily backed to lead the Socceroos.

Reports in the Australian media suggest Postecoglou will be appointed as Holger Osieck's successor on Wednesday afternoon, with negotiations between Victory and the Football Federation Australia proving the only barrier.

Club chairman Anthony Di Pietro insists Victory will support Postecoglou in his move, but admitted his disappointment at the FFA's approach.

"The circumstances that Ange and the Club have been confronted with are complex and compelling no matter what perspective you take," Di Pietro said. "That said, we have made it clear to Ange that we will not stand in the way of him accepting the biggest coaching role in this country.

"However, we are disappointed with the process undertaken by the FFA, given the outcomes we tried to secure could never have been achieved within the timeframes offered, which ultimately forced us to accelerate our decision not to stand in Ange’s way.

"Ange Postecoglou has had a profound impact on Melbourne Victory Football Club over the past 18 months and the club is extremely appreciative of everything he has implemented during his tenure.

"Ange’s appointment as Socceroos coach is a fantastic endorsement for our club, its culture and the standards we strive to set. We thank Ange and he will certainly always be part of the Melbourne Victory family."

Victory also announced they will reveal their new coaching structure next week, with Postecoglou likely to take charge of his last match for the club against Brisbane.

"This week’s game becomes our focus and we can confirm that Ange will be the Head Coach on Friday, so we’re looking forward to our members and fans coming out in force.”

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