Australia's progression to the 2018 FIFA World Cup is the main game on Wednesday night but coach Ange Postecoglou's future remains an intriguing sideshow.
14 Nov 2017 - 1:55 PM  UPDATED 14 Nov 2017 - 1:55 PM

On the eve of the Socceroos' crunch match with Honduras, the national team coach has stayed quiet on his future plans.

And it's guaranteed something of a pregnant pause in the case of an Australian victory on Wednesday.

If the Socceroos fall short against Honduras at ANZ Stadium, then Postecoglou's time in charge is officially over.

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A report in the aftermath of Australia's Asian play-off away draw with Syria labelled Postecoglou likely to walk away from the role in the event of qualification to the 2018 tournament.

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He has refused to verify, confirm or deny the report, promising only "a discussion" after the intercontinental play-off.

The report signalled a major escalation of tensions which first bubbled over two years ago, when Postecoglou was forced by his paymasters to apologise for comments made during an industrial dispute.

Postecoglou criticised Football Federation Australia for the failure to resolve a player pay row, before a knuckle-rap from head office brought a retraction.

But more than any petty media spat, Postecoglou's goals for the sport in Australia don't align with the action from FFA leadership.

In his autobiography last year, he wrote passionately of the need to expand the A-League and invest in new structures to draw out new talent - projects on the backburner due to political infighting among the game's powerbrokers.

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So what is Postecoglou's "discussion" of his future likely to look like?

It's unlikely to take place on Wednesday night, when surely the coach will want the focus to be on the achievements of his team.

But the FFA and Postecoglou will quickly run out of excuses not to resolve the saga.

Australia will have a World Cup to prepare for and Postecoglou needs to commit or allow a successor time to prepare.

And, of course, a loss will render the discussion a short one indeed.

This week, Postecoglou said another glowing performance adding onto their away showing would "make no difference" as to his decision-making process.

"My energies are on making sure we win on Wednesday night. Anything outside that, I just don't have the luxury," he said.

"It's nice to get the rewards and most importantly to give 70-odd thousand people a memorable night. That's why you're involved in the game."