Uncertainty over Ange will follow him to Honduras

The uncertainty over Ange Postecoglou's future with the national team will follow him to Honduras for Australia's World Cup qualifying play-off - and that might be exactly what the Socceroos coach wants.

Despite having had four opportunities to do so, Postecoglou has refused to provide any clarity on whether he will continue as head coach of Australia at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, should the Socceroos qualify for Russia.

On Tuesday, at a press conference to announce the Socceroos squad, Postecoglou again refused to confirm or deny reports he will step down immediately after the upcoming series against the Hondurans.

When asked if he had made a decision on his future, Postecoglou said, "No, not really".

When pressed further, he indicated otherwise, while also acknowledging the certain end to his tenure that would come with elimination.

"There's no uncertainty for me, my future is certain, it's the only future that's certain because if we don't qualify - which no one seems to care about in this room at the moment - my future is absolutely certain," Postecoglou said. "Theres no uncertainty, it's crystal clear."

It's understood Postecoglou has not revealed his decision to senior FFA officials, national team staff or players. That won't change when the Socceroos form camp in Honduras on November 5 and he ruled out speaking about his future with the players behind closed doors.

"No, because my future is not why they're there. They're there to represent their country. I can't guarantee they'll be going to a World Cup even if we qualify" Postecoglou said.

He rejected suggestions the discussion will prove a distraction in Honduras. "Not for me, maybe for you guys," he said.

Postecoglou launched a passionate defence of his legacy as Socceroos coach.

"I know what my legacy is, it is never going to be defined by one result. I hope my legacy will be someone who believed in something and followed it through," he said. "I've been called egocentric, selfish, [there have been] calls for me to be sacked. But you know what, I'm still here and I still won't change what I believe, that will be my legacy."

Postecoglou spoke at length about selection policies and fitness issues with players such as Robbie Kruse and Matt Leckie, but made no assurances on his future.

He urged the media and the Australian public to divert their attention to matters on the field. Though, in refusing to end the speculation over his position, he ensured the questions surrounding the highest coaching job in Australian football would remain as the team prepares for the most important qualifying matches since the series against Uruguay 12 years ago.

Postecoglou previously failed to address the report after it broke the day after the Socceroos' qualifying victory over Syria in early October. He again skirted the subject when speaking as a guest at a function for a financial institution before side-stepping the matter for a third time in an interview with ABC last week.

When he did so again with his fourth opportunity - his first public appearance since the reports surfaced - it became clear that Postecoglou is happy for the uncertainty to persist. In time, we will learn why.

SOCCEROOS SQUAD

Goalkeepers: Mitchell Langerak (Levante, Spain), Mat Ryan (Brighton, England), Danny Vukovic (Genk, Belgium).

Defenders: Aziz Behich (Bursaspor, Turkey), Milos Degenek (Yokohama F Marinos, Japan), Alex Gersbach (Rosenborg, Norway), Matthew Jurman (Suwon, South Korea), Ryan McGowan (Al Sharjah, UAE), Josh Risdon (Western Sydney), Trent Sainsbury (Jiangsu Suning, China), Bailey Wright (Bristol City, England).

Midfielders: Craig Goodwin (Sparta Rotterdam, Netherlands), Jackson Irvine (Hull City, England), Mile Jedinak (Aston Villa, England), James Jeggo (Sturm Graz, Austria), Massimo Luongo (QPR, England), Mark Milligan (Melbourne Victory)*, Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield Town, England), Tom Rogic (Celtic, Scotland), James Troisi (Melbourne Victory)

Forwards: Tim Cahill (Melbourne City), Tomi Juric (Luzern, Switzerland), Robbie Kruse (Bochum, Germany), Mathew Leckie (Hertha Berlin, Germany)*, Nikita Rukavytsya (Maccabi Haifa, Israel).

* Milligan and Leckie are suspended for the away leg.

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