Football Federation Australia has announced the dismissal of Holger Osieck from the Australian managerial post following a 6-0 humbling at the hands of France.
The sacking comes after a 2013 that saw Australia just about manage to scrape through in the Asian World Cup qualifiers before succumbing to the might of Brazil and France - both by a 6-0 final score.
Australia’s losses to Brazil and France are the Socceroos’ worst results since 1998 when they lost to Croatia, who went on to finish third in that year’s World Cup.
Frank Lowy, the FFA chairman, has suggested the motive behind Osieck’s sacking involved consideration into the long-term future of football in Australia.
“The decision is based on the longer term issues of the rejuvenation of the Socceroos team and the preparations for the World Cup and the Asian Cup.” said Lowy.
“FFA has set a strategic objective of having a highly competitive team in Brazil and then handing over a team capable of winning the Asian Cup on home soil in January 2015."
"We have come to the conclusion that change is necessary to meet those objectives.I thank Holger for his contribution to Australian football and wish him well in his future endeavours," he added.
David Carney unlocked the French floodgates when his unnecessary handball awarded Les Bleus a penalty in the eighth minute.
Franck Ribery opened the scoring for Les Bleus with the spot kick, beginning a spell of complete dominance that saw France net four times in the next 30 minutes.
A trademark Ribery dribble in the 16th minute along the left wing opened up Olivier Giroud in the centre, who took advantage of the incompetence of the Australian defenders to chip the ball over Dortmund’s Mitchell Langerak despite being off-balance.
The Arsenal striker hit gold again only 11 minutes later when Ribery’s mesmerising attack from the wing saw Nasri in free space. He collected Ribery’s well-weighted pass before crossing it into Giroud, who once again took advantage of Australia’s incapability to man-mark to slotting past the blameless Langerak, who was once again left ruing the positioning of his defenders.
You would be forgiven for thinking that the goal and assist was all from Ribery for the night. But alas, the Bayern winger notched another key statistic, rolling the ball in front of Yohan Cabaye before the Newcastle star blasted the ball from long range past the once-again faultless Langerak.
Shortly after half time, right-back Mathieu Debuchy contributed to the highlight reel with a stunning left-footed sizzling volley to bury the ball in the far corner.
Karim Benzema rounded off a magnificent night for Les Bleus, finally ending a 16-month goal drought spanning over 1222 minutes by tapping in a Ribery cross under heavy duress.
Ribery’s assist for Benzema marked the first time any one player from France had recorded three assists in a single game since Ribery himself in 2007.
Questions are to be asked of not only the Socceroos' possible managerial candidates, but also of the long-term future of Australian football altogether.
With most of the 2006 Golden Generation beyond an age at which they should perform a key role in the team, vital decisions will have to be made over the next month on how to face the prospect of a World Cup and Asian Cup over a six-month period.
Guus Hiddink, the manager during Australia's Golden Era is tipped to make a sensational return to aid the struggling nation.
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