Coach Ange Postecoglou announced today that he will not take Australia to the World Cup next year, ending weeks of speculation about his future after a lengthy qualification campaign.
"After a great deal of thought and soul-searching, I've decided that the journey for me ends as Socceroo coach," an emotional Postecoglou told a press conference in Sydney.
"It's been the biggest privilege of my life and probably not the ending I had envisaged when we started, but at the same time, knowing it's the right time for me and the right decision," he said.
In recent weeks the Australian had refused to confirm or deny reports that he would quit even if the Socceroos qualified for Russia 2018, only saying he would meet with Football Federation Australia officials this week.
FFA chief executive David Gallup said he was "disappointed and I guess still a bit puzzled, but I'm supportive of the notion that sometimes you reach a point where you just know that you need to do something ...
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