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Australia sack Holger Osieck

Those smiles are now frowns as the German tactician parts ways with the Socceroos. (©GettyImages)
Those smiles are now frowns as the German tactician parts ways with the Socceroos. (©GettyImages).

Two embarrassing results, one after the other, both 6-0 losses saw Holger Osieck lose his position as head coach of Australia.

After the 6-0 humiliation against France in Paris, which was deemed worse than the 6-0 demolition handed down by the Brazilians, Osieck was stood down and it was believed David Gallop was told to deliver the news, which was why he was present in France.

A draw, or even something better would have saved the German tactician his position, but a lackluster Socceroos side, who were believed to have already known that Osieck was on his way out, did not help deliver the result required to keep him in his position and his fate was determined quite a while before the final whistle.

The general public have been calling for his sacking, and speculation has already started as to who should replace the German, with many calling for fan favorite Guus Hiddink to take the reigns, just eight months out from the World Cup. However, there were also calls for local coaching talent to take the reigns such as Melbourne Victory's Ange Postecoglou, Western Sydney's Tony Popovic and Central Coast's Graham Arnold. Postecoglou and Arnold are by far the A-League's most successful coaches and it would be fit to see them take the reigns as head coach of Australia.

It's also been rumored that Postecoglou and Arnold could share duties as the coach, if they were to be picked.

"Worst position we've ever been in," tweeted former Socceroos star Robbie Slater at full-time. "Embarrassing! I feel sorry for young players."

Downright disappointment was the emotion of Fairfax Media columnist Craig Foster and his former international teammate, Craig Moore.

"Very, very sad this morning. I feel particularly for [Mitch]Langerak, [James] Holland playing right back [versus Franck] Ribery. Horrible," Foster said.

"Sadness is an understatement to the way I feel right now," Moore added on Twitter.

Many other influential football figures including chairmen of clubs, players and pundits alike agreed with Osieck's sacking. If Australia lost to Canada in their next friendly, it would have made Osieck's position even more unstable and would have had Australia at a 5 loss streak, the most they've had since 1955.

Many are calling for Guus Hiddink to take the reigns once again and lead us on another dream World Cup campaign, whilst others are calling for an Australian coach.

Time will tell who can save Australia from being the laughing stock of the footballing world.

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