Red Bulls’ Tim Cahill fumes as Socceroos sack coach Osieck

IMAGE, FOOTBALL FEDERATION AUSTRALIA

Despite qualifying for the World Cup, Australian boss Holger Osieck found himself under fire for losing a listless 6-0 friendly against Brazil in Brasilia last month.

Knowing this, Australian players, led by New York Red Bulls midfielder Tim Cahill, came out publicly in support of their manager.

It did little good. A second straight 6-0 drubbing at the hands of France Friday afternoon was more than the FFA could take as they dismissed Osiek effective immediately.

The news did not sit well with Cahill, who took to social media to express his displeasure.


He did not stop there. Cahill retweeted criticism from fans and pundits, questioning the integrity of Australia’s Football Federation. “Osieck did his job,” one read. “The real question is: Who are the guys doing the hiring and what credentials do they have?” “Will always be the coach in the firing line but if the players & @FFA don’t their hands up, @Socceroos will never move forward,” read another.

In perhaps the most amusing exchange of the evening, Australia’s @Socceroos account modified Cahill’s critique to simply say “Want 2 say Thankyou to Holger for getting us to our 3rd WORLD CUP.” News Corp Australia’s Holly Byrnes called them out on their skew, and Cahill was more than happy to retweet her observation.

The original tweet was quickly deleted, and Cahill’s tweet was highlighted – in full.

A look towards the future did not take long. Shortly after the drama, Cahill linked to a Fox Sports report linking former Australian boss Guus Hiddink to the post. Local A-League managers including Melbourne Victory’s Ange Postecoglou, Central Coast’s Graham Arnold and Western Sydney’s Tony Popovic have also been listed as contenders for the spot as well.