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Decent draw for Socceroos, now for a deadly manager

In 2014 many Australian fans went to the world cup resigned to our fate, we played better than expected in our first 2 games, but we always knew there would be no repeat of 2006’s heroics.

The Cup draw we have for this world cup reminds me a lot of 2006, there is a former World Champion team we will likely lose to, this time France, a strong European team, this time Denmark and an unknown quantity, this time Peru.

We are a very good chance of getting 4 points off the latter two and if Peru and Denmark draw, our chances will increase significantly.

The key will be not to get hammered by the French as we were by the Germans in 2010, our 4 points counted for little after shipping 4 goals to Die Mannschaft.

Managers eyeing the vacant job will know this, it isn’t the poison chalice that Ange inherited after Holger Osieck’s team fell to pieces.

There are a plenty of decent coaches about who are not signed up, Australia should do as it did in 2005 and look for real quality on a 12-month contract before laying down a 4-year plan.

That is to say someone who would prime us for the World Cup, take us to Russia and then take try to defend our Asian Cup in the UAE in January 2019.

That competition will run from January 5th until February 1st.

It would be unwise to make the same mistakes we did in 2007 when Graham Arnold was given the reigns at short notice as Guss Hiddink resigned after the World Cup.

In fact, he had given his notice beforehand, Arnie found himself manager for an Asian Cup qualifier vs Bahrain on February 2006, 3 months after we beat Uruguay and 4 months before we played Japan in Kaiserslautern.

Funnily enough, Guss and Arnie are 2 of the names in the mix, if Guss could be brought on board for the World Cup and Asian Cup and Arnie for the 4-year plan I don’t think there would be many arguing with it.

Arnold is a much better manager now than he was then, he was very much thrown into the deep end last time.

And Guss isn’t employed by anyone since finishing his latest interim stint with Chelsea, the man is a specialist in picking up the pieces and working wonders where others have failed.

The backroom staff of Ante Milicic would be maintained and would help for a seamless transition with the playing group.

As we approach direct rule from FIFA, the FFA high command have 1 job left, appointing a manager to take us through to Russia and having a red hot go at getting out of our group.

It is the best chance we have had in a dozen years after all.

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