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 By AAP

Ange Postecoglou refuses to be drawn into A-League governance debate

ESPN FC's Jason Dasey and John Wilkinson look ahead to Japan's clash against Australia in AFC World Cup qualifying.

Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou doesn't want any part of the governance dispute that threatens the code's future in Australia.

But he's confident -- one way or another -- football will thrive in the country.

FFA powerbrokers have failed to reach agreement with A-League clubs and players in recent months on a power and revenue sharing model to drive growth in the game.

World governing body FIFA, and the Asian confederation, has watched on with displeasure and could even dissolve FFA's board if a deal isn't struck in coming weeks.

The national team mentor has been conspicuous in his absence from the debate, which could have huge ramifications for Australian football.

Postecoglou said he didn't see a role for himself as a peacemaker, a provocateur or otherwise.

"I've stayed out of it," he said. "I think my role is to make sure we do well over the next couple of games and see this team and our nation play at the next World Cup.

"That's where I fit into the puzzle."

Postecoglou said the dispute wasn't affecting the national side, adding "not at this point anyway."

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His pedigree in Australian football -- as national team coach, a two-time National Soccer League winner as a player and coach and the only man to coach an A-League club to back-to-back championships -- is unrivalled.

His decades of experience leads him to believe Australian football will sail through its troubled waters.

"I'm not fearful of the health of the sport," he said. "The sport has had far greater issues than it's had at the moment.

"I've never feared for the health of the sport. It's overcome too many challenges in the past and it always finds a way to move forward. It will continue to do so."

On Wednesday, Postecoglou named a 23-man squad for crunch World Cup qualifiers with Japan and Thailand at month's end.

"It will be a sold out stadium [in Japan]. They're under pressure as well to qualify, they need to get a result in this game," he said.

"Everything's on the line and these are the games you want to be involved in."

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