Sainsbury: I want Aussie to coach us in Russia

first_imgAustralia Sainsbury: I want Australian coach to lead the Socceroos at World Cup Kieran Francis @kieran_francis Last updated 1 year ago 05:10 12/1/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Trent Sainsbury Socceroos Australia World Cup The defender hopes a local candidate is in charge for the green-and-gold’s trip to the World Cup and beyond Socceroos centre-half Trent Sainsbury says he is keen for an Australian to be given the national team job long-term, and believes the World Cup experience shouldn’t be handed to a foreign manager.Football Federation Australia have commenced their search to replace Ange Postecoglou and are widely believed to be favouring an overseas coach to lead the team to Russia, before a local coach assumes the role after next year’s showpiece.However, in the first strong statement by an Socceroos player on the coach hunt, Sainsbury told 20Four that he wants an Australian to take over the role long term, and hinted that his former Central Coast Mariners mentor Graham Arnold would be his choice. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “My preference would definitely be an Australian coach,” Sainsbury said.”I think if they are going to go Aussie they have to go for the long term – this World Cup, next World Cup (Qatar 2022) and the Asian Cup (2023) after that.”People probably say I’m biased if I said Graham Arnold.”If they go international, it will just be for the (2018) World Cup – I don’t think they should take it through to the (2019) Asian Cup.”Why give this experience to a foreign coach when you can give it to an Aussie to have this experience and put that on their CV?”Graham Arnold Sydney FCPostecoglou stepped down as Socceroos leader after securing qualification to Russia with a 3-1 aggregate victory over Honduras in the intercontinental playoff earlier this month.The FFA have said they won’t be rushed to appoint a successor with the team’s next match not until the international window in March next year.It’s not the first time Australia has been in this situation with both Guus Hiddink and Postecoglou appointed Socceroos coach in the months before the 2006 and 2014 World Cups respectively.last_img read more