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Australia coach quits despite guiding Socceroos to World Cup

Ange Postecoglou framed his departure as Socceroos head coach with a stereotypically Aussie scenario.

He'd decided to quit last week immediately after Australia qualified for a fourth consecutive World Cup, only to be talked out of it an hour later.

Five beers later, he was wavering amid the celebrations. A week after that, he made the announcement Wednesday that he wouldn't be taking the Australian team to next year's World Cup in Russia despite guiding them through a grueling, 22-game qualifying campaign that concluded with back-to-back, winner-takes-all playoff series.