By James Black
Ange Postecoglou has been confirmed to have resigned as Australia manager following reports that he wants to replace Pedro Caixinha at Rangers.
ESPN have previously reported that the 52-year-old is interested in taking the reins at Ibrox after leading the Socceroos to a place in next summer’s World Cup in Russia.
The Australian Football Federation confirmed on their official website Postecoglou had resigned on Wednesday.
After finishing behind Japan and Saudi Arabia in Asian qualifying for the World Cup, Postecoglou guided the Aussies through play-offs against Syria and Honduras to book their place in Russia.
Postecoglou was in charge of Australia in 2014 at the World Cup in Brazil before leading the Socceroos to their first Asian Cup in 2015.
Under-20’s head coach Graeme Murty has been in interim charge since Caixinha was dismissed on October 26th – leading the Gers to two wins and a defeat in his three games so far – and is still expected to be in the dugout on Friday night when the Gers take on Dundee in their next Premiership outing.
Football Insider Verdict
This is probably more of a coincidence than any sign that Postecoglou is now heading for a move to Ibrox. The now-former Australia boss has never managed outside his home country before and just doesn’t seem to tick any of the boxes Rangers are thought to be looking to fill. It would be a huge gamble to hire an untested manager right now and the last thing Rangers need – or the fans want – is another appointment who could quite easily backfire on the board. Still, some would probably still take him over Alex McLeish’s potential return to the Ibrox dugout.
In other Rangers news, this 46-year-old manager who is wanted by the Gers is set to hold talks.