To everyone in the Football Family can I say what an honour it is to be named as coach of your team – the Socceroos.

It’s a huge responsibility because this team belongs to the country and the fans.

The players, coaches and staff have the privilege of representing the nation, and we should never forget it’s a privilege, not an entitlement.

In recent times there has been debate that shows me the Socceroos really matter to so many Australians, who care passionately about the team.

The Socceroos have always reflected what it means to be an Australian. We represent the diversity of our nation. We fight for each other. We punch above our weight. We strive to reach global heights. We do it with spirit and purpose.

I see no reason why we can’t be successful. I don’t want to talk about “Golden Generations” and what might have been. My aim is to be successful and it will be the aim of everyone in the National team set up.

I want to work with the players to ensure the country unites behind the Socceroos at the World Cup in Brazil. Show them that we are representing our fans.

There is a need to balance a long term strategy with short term goals. We are preparing for a World Cup next year and an Asian Cup on home soil, but we must keep one eye on the next World Cup cycle.

I know that FFA has a strategic objective to make football the biggest and most popular sport in Australia. The Socceroos have a massive role to play in that.

Today is not the day to talk about individual players, team selection or tactics. I will say that the Socceroos need rejuvenation for the challenges ahead. Everyone knows that.

But first things first. We have a game in November against Costa Rica and then seven months to prepare for the World Cup. I look forward to seeing you at the forthcoming Socceroos match and around the football community.

Comments (23)
Ange congratulations on your appointment. It was the best result. I am a fan of Nikita Rukavytsya and like to watch his style of play. Hope you can keep an eye on him and consider him for more internationals in future. Hope the team performs with pride.
9 Nov 2013 06:45 PM
First off congrats from a Roar fan. You are the man for the job. I met some of the Socceroos (yes horrible name) not long after the Brazil game and they were openly laughing about the result. Put some pride back in the strip Ange. We need it!!
A fan  |  
29 Oct 2013 02:17 PM
Good stuff Ange and great choice by the FFA. It seems that the team can never really get together that much to get in sync with each other. Is it feasible to once a month have a Australia based training camp for a few days in the middle of the week and also do the same with Europeans based players. That way at least each month all the players that are in the running for selection get to get togehter and work with each other. Instead of a camp every now and then.
Johnathon  |  
29 Oct 2013 12:35 PM
Best of luck Ange and we hope you can start on your 5 year plan today and not in 6 months or 12 months. Massive changes are overdue and it is time to see some of our golden generation boys retire from the national team duties with dignity and there is no better way than organising a farewell game or two to thank them for all their contribution to the game in this country over the last few years. Lets not kid ourselves, other talent is out here but the experience is not and there is no better time to turn the page before your appointment becomes and disappointment. Best of luck.
29 Oct 2013 09:37 AM
Congratulations Ange. Looking forward to no more passionless displays. Lets have this team believing they can win at all times no matter who they are up against. This is the key to Aussie teams punching above their weight IMO. Keep the style and tactical developments, but bring back the once derided fight, pride and Aussie self belief. The time for a focused and proud Aussie coach is ripe. Ange your path is clear.
BS  |  
27 Oct 2013 08:57 PM
Hard to see you leave our club but it is for the greater good. It was always going to be your job in the long run and now your time is here. Best of wishes for a successful journey... Go Postecog-roo.
BNG  |  
26 Oct 2013 01:21 PM
Awesome Ange ! I have no doubt that you are the man to rebuild our team. I just hope you blood a lot of young players and give them the chance to experience top class Football. I would of given you a 10 year contract as this will not be a quick fix. In saying that i am positive you and your players will produce better results in the future.All the best to you and your players Ange.
joe blonski  |  
25 Oct 2013 11:53 PM
Lot's of Melbourne love, but here's some ex-Brisbane gracias. Good luck buddy - pure professional at my team the Roar and here's hoping you can replicate long term (5 year tenure) success for our national team. The public are no mugs and will give some patience, encouragement and kudos to a well implemented strategy- let's see where it takes us Ange - best of luck!
JDMC  |  
25 Oct 2013 09:57 PM
You now hold the nation's pride, emotion, dreams and aspirations in the palm of your hands, Ange. and I don't need to tell you how precious this is. Do what feels right and don't be influenced by hierarchy, media etc, do your talking on the pitch with the boys. I'm glad its you and I know you will succeed, coz you will give your blood sweat and tears and influence others to do so. You are now a National Symbol. Symbolise what you feel OUR National symbol should embody. Which is exactly what you said: diversity; fighting spirit; over achievement on Global stage, with spirit and purpose.. Love it.
Anthony  |  
25 Oct 2013 10:41 AM
Coach Ange, win matches. Take us to Glory. Football is Futbol as well. Best Regards.
Jose Zuleta  |  
25 Oct 2013 09:03 AM
Best of luck to you, Ange. This is a very promising world cup, and I'm sure you will lead our troops to success. Thank you for your support. See you in 2014! -Alex
Alex Vidakovic  |  
24 Oct 2013 11:37 PM
Good luck Ange! I am a Melbourne Victory supporter Last year and this year and I have seen how proud you have done the club and you will do our country proud!
Debbie  |  
24 Oct 2013 09:07 PM
You are the one that must know its time to bring Mitch Nicholls into the frame.. he's our future attacking midfielder.. give him the experience of this World Cup to star in the next..
Ben  |  
24 Oct 2013 08:28 PM
Well done Ange.... good luck...I agree with Hector for many years I have been asking why " socceroos" when we are asked to call it football and promote the game as football..... anyway just a thought... go the Australian Footballeroos..... or something...
Mike Parsons  |  
24 Oct 2013 08:07 PM
So sad to see you leave the club that i love so much Ange. I am sure that you are the right man for the job, just be ruthless and don't be afraid to ditch the hangers on. Unlike what some people have us believe, there is a lot of young Australian talent be it here in the A-League or overseas. Go get em Ange. Go Ange Go Australia.
Charlie  |  
24 Oct 2013 01:08 PM
Grats Ange, and all the best. I can't wait to see the rejuvenation start and our younger players being provided with direction and motivation. Are we still going to see a second game in November as had previously been indicated?
Rob  |  
24 Oct 2013 12:37 PM
Congratulations Ange...heading in the right direction...Can I ask one thing? Change the name "socceroos"...good time to do it, a new direction...put it out there...we are footballers!!
Giannino  |  
24 Oct 2013 10:01 AM
Only one thing: Good luck Ange ,you are the best for us.
Alexander Rind  |  
23 Oct 2013 08:31 PM
Well done Ange best person for the job and you will do the country proud. Youth policy will no doubt be high on your agenda which will steer the future direction of football in Australia. The 5 year deal will allow you to pursue the Asian Cup agenda with the team you want and build to Russia in 2018. Sadly, you will be missed at Victory.
Barry Ziegler  |  
23 Oct 2013 06:49 PM
Regardless of polarisation of opinions, politics, debate, preferences etc etc associated with the NT, now is the time to rally behind the new coach and continue to give our unconditional support for the Socceroos. With you Ange all the way to and at Brasil 2014, and then for the Asian Cup on home soil. Looking forward to gradually improving performances as a solid medium-long term foundation for good results and hopefully title success in January 2015. Now for all supporters to ramp up our passionate support for the Socceroos.
Pablo  |  
23 Oct 2013 06:33 PM
Although I'm a Victory member and would have loved to see us do well this year, I applaud and wish you well for the task at hand. If the country calls, you answer and do what you can to help. Good luck Ange for #Brazil2014. Go #socceroos!
Wilson  |  
23 Oct 2013 06:08 PM
Good Luck Ange, my expectations as a fan is that we don't get spanked in any of the games at the World Cup, I don't think we have the class to get past the group stage. I will be going and screaming for the side like last time anyway. It would be great if the NATIONAL team could play outside of Melbourne, Sydney or Brisbane ? We all pay for them WTF ? have word mate ! Hopefully ALL the players no matter what their age can show our Country & Supporters the respect we deserve and the respect that we show them and play like they want to be there.
Mark  |  
23 Oct 2013 05:40 PM
Sure I support the Socceroos, but being the national team our FFA world wide representative, and with all the resplendent campaign 'We are football', isn't it about time our national team stop identifying itself out of a nickname derivation from another even poorer nickname and to start using a more identifiable, more representative nickname of what it really is?, a proper FOOTBALL related denomination? I'd really be a much more supporter of my national team.
Hector Azcurra  |  
23 Oct 2013 05:27 PM
How far will Western Sydney go in the AFC Champions League?