Diamonds could be Ange Postecoglou’s best friend

Brisbane Roar mastermind Ange Postecoglou is playing down reports he may be in the sights of wealthy Japanese heavyweights Urawa Red Diamonds.

With his A-League premiers unbeaten in 32 straight games since last September and playing a thrilling brand of football, Postecoglou’s coaching stocks are at an all-time high.

But Postecoglou said he wasn’t aware of reported interest from Urawa, who are said to be eyeing him and Central Coast mentor Graham Arnold after recently firing manager Zeljko Petrovic as they battle to avoid J-league relegation.

“Obviously when things are going well, those kind of rumours happen to coaches and players,” said Postecoglou.

“My attitude is you do the job you’ve got to the best of your ability and you never look too far ahead or get ahead of yourself.

“My focus is here and I want us to keep progressing.”

Postecoglou, who’d be earning around $400,000-a-season after winning the title last season, has a contract with Brisbane until 2013.

But like any professional coaches in any sport he’s always looking for opportunities to improve and promote himself on the world stage.

“I’d be surprised if any coach who has been in the game a while knows what they’re going to be doing in a year or two,” he said.

“It’s that kind of occupation.

“I am ambitious, no doubt about that. I’ve always been ambitious in my coaching career.

“I want to be the best I can be and that means coaching this football club to higher levels than it’s achieved before.

“I’ve got a deal with this club until 2013. So hopefully we see that out and go from there.”

by Buford Balony


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