Ange Postecoglou given Socceroos endorsement

Brisbane Roar skipper Matt Smith talks up current Victory coach Ange Postecoglou for the vacant Socceroos job.
Ange Postecoglou's looming ascent to the Socceroos' coaching job has been given a ringing endorsement by his former Brisbane Roar skipper Matt Smith.

Postecoglou is set to be confirmed as the new national team coach within days – once Football Federation Australia and Melbourne Victory sign off on a compensation deal to the A-League club.

Smith has told Goal Australia's In Off the Post podcast he has no doubt Postecoglou will make the tough decisions needed to reinvigorate the struggling Socceroos.

"Ange is the boss. He's the gaffer. The way that he coaches – it's his way. He's very strong with that," Smith said in an insight into how Postecoglou runs his ship.

"He's proven in the past particularly when he first came into Brisbane, he wanted a culture. I don't think he's afraid of making any decision. He backs himself. He's always backed himself.

"He's a very, very good coach. The way that he does coach is he'll put what he thinks is the best team (on the field) for his football style."

Postecoglou's arrival at the Roar led to ground-shaking changes in personnel, playing style and culture.

Former Socceroos captain Craig Moore was among those flung to the footpath, showing Postecoglou's ability to make the big decisions.

What followed at the Roar were back-to-back championships and a 36-match unbeaten streak unprecedented in Australian top-level sport.

Postecoglou elevated Smith to the captaincy in the second of the club's championship years, and the English-born defender has become one of the A-League's most reliable centre-halves with the added responsibility.

Smith has no doubt Postecoglou can translate his man-management skills to the national team.

"He certainly knows how to get the best out of players. He knows how to implement a system he truly believes in, and make players truly believe in that system.

"His desire and hunger is something that Australia's really going to benefit from."

Postecoglou is understood to have agreed to terms with the FFA to become Socceroos coach.

Agreement on a release from the Victory would fittingly allow him to finish his Melbourne Victory tenure after Friday night's home clash with his old club the Roar at Etihad Stadium.