thumbnail Hello,

Socceroos old guard on notice

Barely hours after receiving the Socceroos job, Ange Postecoglou confirmed he will make changes to the aging squad but insists he won't go in with any preconceptions.

The Socceroos' old guard have been put on notice that incoming coach Ange Postecoglou intends implementing change as part of his charter to revive the national team.

While insisting he does not have a 'hit-list' of potential targets, it's clear the new Australian boss will conduct a clean-out of players he no longer sees as part of the future.

That means anxious times for the likes of skipper Lucas Neill, veteran goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer and other long-serving players ahead of the 2014 World Cup.

"Will there be changes? Of course there will because I've got my own way of doing things and wherever that happens, along the way, there are changes to personnel and the way we operate," Postecoglou said.

"But one thing I do always is make sure I make informed decisions.

"I won't be going in there with any preconceptions. I've got my ideas about how I want the team to play and I've got my views about how I want the environment and organisation structured.

"Then we'll find out who fits in that. I'm not going in there with a target or hit list of people – it's not the way I work.

"Sometimes people surprise you. I want to get the best out of every player available.

"I certainly don't discount anyone from that."

Postecoglou acknowledged his biggest job would be restoring pride and morale after back-to back 6-0 losses to Brazil and France respectively.

Those defeats led to criticism from Neill that young players lacked the necessary hunger to play for the Socceroos – comments that will not endear him to a coach who is an apologetic fan of the youth brigade. 

Younger players are certain to get their opportunities under Postecoglou, most likely at the expense of the veterans.

"My first job is to make us world class off the field.  (We need to) create a great environment that the players come into and are able to perform to the best of their ability," Postecoglou said.

"Then we'll change the way we play which will probably affect the kind of players we select.

"I've got enormous belief in our young players. I think we need to expose some of our younger players to international football to find out who can and can't play at that level        

"I've never been let down by throwing young players in. I plan to do that.

"We might be able to unearth one of two young players who could have a major impact on our side for years to come."

But Postecoglou warned against expecting massive changes to the side for next month's friendly against Costa Rica in Sydney, preferring to have a good look at what's at his disposal first.