Socceroo Josh Risdon says little will change for the players should Ange Postecoglou exit his post based on his experience following Tony Popovic’s departure at Western Sydney Wanderers.
Risdon was part of the squad during Australia’s World Cup play-off against Syria last week, starting the first leg 1-1 draw.
He returned to make his A-League debut for Western Sydney under interim coach Hayden Foxe in Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Central Coast which left the club fourth, less than a fortnight after Popovic quit to take up a club job in Turkey.
Popovic’s resignation on the eve of the season has many similarities to Postecoglou, who has been linked with the Shanghai Shenhua head coaching role in China, despite the looming 2018 World Cup.
Risdon revealed Postecoglou hadn’t confirmed his plans with his players but said should he stay or go after the Honduras tie, it wouldn’t affect the players.
“I don’t think it changes too much,” Risdon said.
“Like what happened the week before (at Western Sydney), all the (Socceroos) players are reaching towards the one goal and that’s to make the World Cup.
“Whoever is there after, I don’t think it’ll change too much.
“Hopefully we can make it. All the players will be ready and raring to go.”
Risdon also said he felt Postecoglou wasn’t fazed by having to qualify via the play-offs, despite reports that the constant criticism aimed at him had led to his alleged decision to leave.
“I don’t think he was too stressed about the games coming up,” Risdon said.
“He actually really enjoyed it. It’s four more competitive games to get us ready for the World Cup.
“I think we will qualify. Getting them out of the way will be nice to make sure we’re there.
“(I’m) Really looking forward to those next two qualifiers, hopefully we can get through.”
Risdon’s own position in the squad isn’t assured, having four caps to date and been in and out of Postecoglou’s line-ups.
The 25-year-old former Perth Glory defender’s call-up for the Syria play-offs came as a surprise, being out of season.
“I think it’s important I play well here for the Wanderers,” he said.
“Ange looks at how you’re playing at club level.
“It’s really important I keep my momentum going and put in some good performances over the next few games so I can get back in the squad for those next qualifiers.”