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Ange Postecoglou dramatically quits as Socceroos coach

Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou will quit next month even if Australia qualifies for the World Cup in frustration with relentless criticism.

The 52-year-old would have already walked away if the team made it through the Asian qualifiers last month to secure an automatic Cup berth.

But after they were beaten in their group by Japan and Saudi Arabia, Postecoglou decided to stayed on and finish the job.

Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou will quit next month even if Australia qualifies for the 2018 World Cup

The 52-year-old would have already walked away if the team made it through the Asian qualifiers last month to secure an automatic Cup berth

The 52-year-old would have already walked away if the team made it through the Asian qualifiers last month to secure an automatic Cup berth

Australia’s 2-1 extra time victory over Syria on Tuesday night set up a qualification series against likely either Panama or Honduras on November 6 and 12.

The four-year coach ave no indication in his postgame press conference that he was preparing to step down, but sources told the Herald Sun his mind was made up.

‘He is definitely moving on after November,’ they said.

Postecoglou already announced he would move on after the World Cup when his contract expired, but has decided to move that forward seven months.

Australia's 2-1 extra time victory over Syria on Tuesday night (pictured) set up a qualification series against likely either Panama or Honduras on November 6 and 12 

Australia’s 2-1 extra time victory over Syria on Tuesday night (pictured) set up a qualification series against likely either Panama or Honduras on November 6 and 12 

Postecoglou already announced he would move on after the World Cup when his contract expired, but has decided to move that forward seven months 

Postecoglou already announced he would move on after the World Cup when his contract expired, but has decided to move that forward seven months 

The attacking-minded coach was said to feel like he was being undermined and frustrating with frequent attacks by critics of his tactics and personality.

The coach, in his fourth year with Australia, faced criticism of his tactics, formation and body language.

He was slammed on Tuesday night for leaving star midfielder Aarom Mooy on the bench because he didn’t suit a controversial formation Australia never used before.

Mooy was furious at being left out but took the field after 10 minutes when Brad Smith was knocked out of the match with an injury.

‘It’s not the first time he’s missed out and it won’t be the last time he misses out,’ the coach said unapologetically.

Postecoglou was involved in further controversy after the Syria match when the irate opposing coach refused to shake his hand 

Postecoglou was involved in further controversy after the Syria match when the irate opposing coach refused to shake his hand 

Postecoglou last week defended his all-out attack style that has grown less popular over his tenure. 

‘It’s who I am, it’s how I coach, it’s been very successful for me and continues to be successful and it will be successful for me,’ he said.

‘The rest of it just becomes noise, white noise. And again, it’s nothing new.’

Postecoglou was involved in further controversy after the Syria match when the irate opposing coach refused to shake his hand.

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