Football: Mark Bosnich believes Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou is being pedantic in his response to recent criticism.
ANGE Postecoglou has called for the abolition of the A-League salary cap, saying it is affecting the development of young Australian players by forcing them to move overseas too early.
The Socceroos coach also believes the annual wage cap is hampering the ability of local teams to bring quality players from overseas to the country.
Asked on SEN Radio what the one change he would make to the A-League if he was in charge of the competition, Postecoglou said: “Get rid of the salary cap.”
“I want teams who aspire to be the best and be the best.
“It’s pretty radical and probably goes against everything that we’ve understood about sport in Australia because it’s borrowed from Aussie Rules and (Rugby) League.
“But in our game, I’ve just seen too many of our good young players go overseas at the wrong time because we can’t keep them here and I’ve seen too many good players who want to come here not be able come here because of the constraints of the cap.”
The A-League is one of only two major competitions in world football, along with Major League Soccer in the United States, with a salary cap. which has been in place since its inception in 2005.
It is currently set at $2.6 million per season – albeit with a number of loopholes, including marquee player allowances, that permit extra payments outside the cap – but is likely to rise in tandem with the new A-League broadcast deal.
However, it has come in for heavy criticism over the years.
Former Socceroo Mark Bosnich claimed earlier this month the “ludicrous” rule was the reason why Australian teams are struggling to compete in the AFC Champions League, and said he would not blame Adelaide United coach Guillermo Amor if he wanted to leave at the end of the season because it was so difficult to retain his top players.
“What we needed 12 years ago is not necessarily what we need now,” Bosnich told News Corp.
Originally published as ‘Radical’: Ange tells FFA what A-League must change