Socceroos legend Mark Schwarzer, the goalkeeper who holds the record number of caps for his country, says the controversy over Ange Postecoglou's future has potentially destabilised the national team in the run up to the crucial World Cup qualifier against Honduras.
Asked how he would have felt in 2001 had then-coach Frank Farina floated the idea of quitting had the team got past Uruguay in the intercontinental qualifer, Schwarzer said " I definitely think it wouldn't have helped, I definitely don't think it would have been a great situation to be in."
He said he had been "really surprised" after the Syria games in early October.
"Almost the first thing that was reported was the fact that Ange was going to leave regardless of qualification or not after the games against Honduras.
"There has been so much coverage of it which is understandable. It hasn't been put to bed by the manager, it hasn't been put to bed by the Federation.
"I read somewhere that [FFA CEO] David Gallop has said that they themselves don't know what is going to happen. That is concerning. The focus and the energy and attention should just be on the team and the qualification and nothing else.
"If a manager is deciding he wants to leave, he's within his rights to do that but that should never have come out."
Schwarzer believes Postecoglou should have ended the speculation one way or another immediately.
"In my opinion he should be distancing himself by putting it to bed straight away and moving on.
"I have spoken to a couple of the players and they themselves were really surprised and didn't see it coming.
"They were on the lines that it's just media speculation, it can't be possibly true, and both of them said that they would obviously find out when they are next in camp.
"But for me that's too long. If the manager just puts it to bed straight away, players focus is just on playing, not on 'is he going to be there, is he not going to be there?'.
"There's enough speculation and pressure that goes on with being in camp, being in that environment, knowing what's at stake.
"It's so incredibly draining, it's so incredibly intense, it's amazing, but equally it's draining. Players will come away from those games so exhausted, not only physically but mentally. You want to have the full focus on the team and not other distractions.
"It's an interesting one in the way it's being dealt with. At the end of the day he is the manager, he can do things how he wants to. The FFA are there to decide how they want it to play out. Ultimately he is in control of his own ship."
Schwarzer, the former Middlesbrough, Fulham, Chelsea and Leicester shot-stopper, made 109 appearances for the Socceroos but did not play in the Postecoglou era.
These days he lives in the UK, where he works for as an expert commentator for Optus Sport, the platform which broadcasts the EPL in Australia
Schwarzer says that working in television has enabled him to keep a close involvement with the EPL.
Mark Schwarzer spoke to Fairfax Media in an interview arranged by Optus