FFA CEO David Gallop says there has been no shortage of interest in the Socceroos coaching job some three weeks after it became available.
The hunt for Ange Postecoglou’s successor has well and truly begun and already, a number of names have been linked to the post.
FFA announced on Wednesday that a three-person expert panel, formed by Socceroos greats Stan Lazaridis, Mark Schwarzer and Mark Bresciano would assist in selecting a new boss.
“As you would expect, we have had a high level of interest already,” Gallop said.
“As things stand, no-one is ruled in or out.
“We are open minded about whether the coach is Australian or someone from overseas but they must live in Australia, embrace the progress on and off the field that has been achieved with national teams over the past four years – especially in the areas of technical development and sports science – and be prepared to be an ambassador for our sport here and abroad.
“FFA’s starting point is to appoint a coach for the long term but we will be advised on this and other matters by our expert panel.
“We are confident that we will attract the right person to lead the Socceroos at the World Cup and hopefully beyond.”
The next Socceroos manager is expecting to be named in mid-February 2018.
The Advertiser linked both Jurgen Klinsmann and sacked Serbia boss Slavoljub Muslin to the role at the weekend.
Journalist Val Migliaccio, who linked Klinsmann’s name to the Australia post, told Tuesday’s Daily Football Show the German was looking to gain intelligence about both the Socceroos and the A-League.
“He (Klinsmann) is just putting his feelers out,” Migliaccio said.
“He wanted to know about the quality of the national competition firstly, the national team and the type of players they’ve got.
“That’s where it’s at right now … he ticks all the right boxes.”
However, Migliaccio explained Klinsmann’s salary could pose a major hurdle should his services be sought.
Reports indicate Klinsmann was paid up and around $3.3 million in his five years in charge of the Stars and Stripes.
Migliaccio believes Muslin, arguably the lesser know of the two managers, is worth talking to.
He was reported to have been on Australian shores at the weekend.
“He got Serbia to the World Cup, he got sacked for it unfortunately because I think there was a political tone towards his selection and the way he plays football,” Migliaccio added.
“Why not talk to him? He’s got a team to the World Cup … he’s coached in Europe for a long, long time.”
According to the Herald Sun, former Manchester City manager Sven Goran Eriksson has also thrown his hat into the ring.