Williams keeps focus as managers tumble

Nothing stands still for too long in the fickle world of football. Just ask Rhys Williams.

Nothing stands still for too long in the fickle world of football. Just ask Rhys Williams.

Only a month ago the versatile Middlesbrough defender partnered Socceroos captain Lucas Neil in central defence as Holger Osieck's side endured a 6-0 thrashing at the hands of France.

Fast-forward a month and both Osieck and club manager Tony Mowbray have been sacked while Neill's reign as a captain nah Socceroo hang in the balance.

"It's been quite a big change lately. Maybe I'm doing something wrong, getting everyone sacked," joked the 25-year-old at an Ange Postecoglous led training camp on Friday in Sydney.

Results are everything and with club side Middlesbrough languishing around the bottom of the Championship, following three league wins from 12 matches, manager Tony Mowbray was shown the door to be replaced by former Real Madrid number two Aitor Karanka.

"No, I haven't met the new manager but I know about his history and hopefully he can get us firing at club level," continued Williams.

And it's a theme that he and an expectant Australian public will be hoping transcends into the national team too.

With both Karanka and incoming Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou known to favour a possession based style of football, the talented Williams's mouth is watering at the prospect.

"I think that's what the modern game expects of people now," he said.

"I think a lot of centre halves have to be good with the ball and I think that will benefit me cause I'm more of a ball player than a tough tackler. So I think it will suit me nicely."

Williams has been touted among the possible replacements for Neill in defence should the veteran be jettisoned ahead of Brazil 2014 however the versatile Riverside player (he's adept at central defender, defensive midfielder and right-back) indicated he isn't worried and has thrown his backing behind the Socceroos legend.

"As far as we're concerned Lucas is still our captain and he has been for a long time and he's been one of the best captain's I've played with.

"He's a role model to not only myself but to a lot of players and I've privileged to know him for a good few years and he's helped me along the way."

With Postecoglou set to unveil his side and captain to face Costa Rica in a friendly at Allianz stadium this Tuesday, Williiam's for one is relishing the future under the new regime.

"Ange is really well driven and it's what a lot of players like to see from the manager cause we get the confidence from that.

"We're really enjoying training and he's getting his picture across nicely and we all can't wait for the game now."

Upcoming Match Details

Socceroos vs Costa Rica Tuesday 19 November 2013 Allianz Stadium, Sydney

Kick Off 7.30pm Gates Open 6.00pm

Ticket Prices

Category A - $85 all tickets Category B - $55 Adult, $30 Concession/Child, $140 Family Category C- $30 Adult, $15 Concession/Child, $75 Family Terrace Australis - $30 Adult, $15 Concession