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Postecoglou wants scrutiny on top talents

  • Postecoglou wants scrutiny on top talents

Having steered Australia to a golden year, Socceroos boss Ange Postecoglou believes a new generation of elite coaches is coming through the ranks.

And just like the next crop of top-tier playing talent, Postecoglou says they need to face greater scrutiny and analysis.

Speaking to Fox Sports while on a European reconnaissance visit, Postecoglou said Australian football culture was too concerned with crowds and ratings, finances and other off-field matters.

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Postecoglou, who was named as Asia's top coach in an awards ceremony last month, said a growing focus on football performances and strategies would help lift standards across the board.

"I think we're embarking on a generation of the best coaches we've ever had," he said.

"Iook at the guys like Popa (Tony Popovic), Kevin Muscat, John Aloisi, even some of the guys working alongside them.

"Ante Milicic, who is going to be an outstanding coach, and Ross Aloisi, Jean Paul de Marigny, Scotty Miller.

"For these guys to continue to develop they've got to be put under the scrutiny that you see managers here put under. And we don't have that."

Postecoglou said the same applied to improving Australian players.

Earlier this season, the 50-year-old named Aaron Mooy as the A-League's top talent; a comment hard to deny given his role in lifting Melbourne City to second place on the ladder.

He revealed his motivation for doing so wasn't purely to praise the 25-year-old but also to challenge him.

"I did that because I think he is, but also to put a bit of heat on him to see how he reacts and he's doing well," he said.

"There's parts of his game that he needs to improve yet no one's talking about it."

He compared in-form young striker Jamie Maclaren to Adam Taggart.

Taggart left the A-League as a 20-year-old after a similar scoring streak to Maclaren's current run at Brisbane Roar, but has not scored in 18 months in English and Scottish football.

"We need to be putting the heat on Jamie Maclaren now, tearing his game apart so that he knows to go to the next level like Adam Taggart had to deal with (in Europe)."

As national team manager Postecoglou maintains a ferocious diet of football matches, watching various games from different leagues around the world each week.

He said the more he watched, he more the liked what he saw from the A-League.

"The standard's good. It's improving all the time," he said.

"Some of the best games I'll see on a weekly basis are in the A-League.

"We stack up pretty well. The game is alright, we just don't want to talk about it."

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