Postecoglou a leader for the game

Ange Postecoglou a future chairman of Football Federation Australia. Why not?

Ange Postecoglou a future chairman of Football Federation Australia. Why not?

Generally speaking, you don't want to be giving coaches the keys to the city. Much as they are, and always will be, crucial to the culture and texture of the game, they are forced by circumstance to take a relatively narrow perspective.

In this unforgiving digital age, coaching is more results-orientated than ever before - the chance to think a week ahead, let alone a month or a year, is a luxury few are able to afford.

But, in life, there are always exceptions to the rule. Postecoglou is just that. A lateral thinker, a big thinker, who has the honesty, the resilience, and the clarity to make a difference.

Sooner or later the dugout will constrain him. The challenge for the game is to recognise when it does, and open the door for Postecoglou to make his mark on a much bigger stage. For me, there is no limit to what he can achieve. The only limit for those who might doubt the extent of his capabilities is their own imagination.

Certainly don't question his motivation. From the moment he first walked into Middle Park as a five-year-old with his father, Postecoglou has been hopelessly in love with the game.

Not just South Melbourne, but the game in general. From fan, to player and then to coach at South Melbourne, he found himself always asking the same question: why can't football in Australia be as good as it should be?

Postecoglou has never stopped searching for the answer, and while there are many variables involved, he has settled on one common theme: Too many people are prepared to settle for second best.

Postecoglou doesn't like to settle for second best. When he played for South Melbourne, he aspired to play for Australia. He did. When he coached South Melbourne, he aspired to coach Australia. He has, at youth level.

When he found himself on the coaching dole queue, he aspired to break through another glass ceiling. To coach overseas. He did, in Greece, at Panachaiki.

Postecoglou "gets it" better than most. You can see it in his punditry with Fox Sports. He "gets it" because he's lived through it all with his eyes wide open.

There are plenty of players and coaches I know who have been to 100 countries and never seen one. Postecoglou sees everything, and absorbs what he feels is important and relevant.

Restless, inquisitive, intuitive, he spends many sleepless nights interpreting information with one overriding focus. How can this benefit football in Australia?

Above all, Postecoglou respects the history, and the culture, of the game. He's in it for the right reasons, which is why he has so much more to give.

To my knowledge, in Australia, we've never had a former elite player/coach at the head of the game. Right now, at board level, there are three former internationals involved - Jack Reilly, Moya Dodd and Peter Tredinnick. That's a positive development.

Postecoglou has the profile, the currency, and the depth of knowledge to join them, perhaps sooner rather than later. Many see him as a future Socceroos coach. He could be. But there's more than that.

If former players like Michel Platini (UEFA) Grzegorz Lato (Poland), Frank van Hattum (New Zealand) and Kalusha Bwalya (Zambia) can hold the highest office, why not Postecoglou? His shoulders are broad enough and his ideas are big enough, that's for sure.

Perhaps it's worth remembering Johnny Warren. Only in death have his insights, his beliefs, and his dreams, been given the respect they always deserved. There's a strong argument that not giving "Skippy'" the chance to hold the levers of power was a squandered opportunity.

In my experience, the only person who has since come close to Warren's popularity and perception is Postecoglou. Let's not make the same mistake twice. To me it's not a question of if he deserves to be a future leader of our game. It's when.