Thought I would start a thread to let those interested know what is happening with Australia in the preparation for the World Cup. As the pot 4 team and probably the worst performed of the teams in qualifying we start as outsiders. Some news on key things Coach: The Australian team is currently without a coach and no plans to appoint one before February. The former coach, Ange Postecoglou introduced a new formation for the first World Cup qualifier in 2017 with a three man backline, two defensive midfielders, two attacking midfielders, one striker and two wing halves, and despite much criticism from the press and a significant portion of the fan base stuck with that as a basic formation throughout the year. What any new coach will do remains to be seen. We still don't know what the plan is for the appointment of a coach. We have three options, appoint a coach for Russia only, appoint a coach for Russia and the Asian Cup which will be held early next year, or appoint a long term coach for Russia and the next campaign. Players Not much news on the player front, except for the news that Tim Cahill has left Melbourne City as they aren't giving him enough game time. No announcement on a new club yet, but I doubt he has left Melbourne with nothing in the pipeline. Maybe the January transfer window will see him with a new club. Administration The FFA is currently in trouble with FIFA for not being democratic enough. A deadline passed a couple of weeks ago without any reform. There was talk that FIFA would sack the FFA and appoint a "normalisation committee" to oversee football in Australia until they impose a more democratic structure for us. The current plan is that a combined FIFA and AFC delegation will arrive to help us become more democratic. I'll leave others to comment on the irony of this, howevr we could end up with a FIFA committee appointing a new coach for us, or if the current FFA take legal action against FIFA we could get suspended and be out of the World Cup.