Top coaches say they're not looking at Socceroos' job
JOHN Aloisi and Graham Arnold say their focus is on their clubs, Brisbane Roar and Sydney FC, after both were mentioned as possible candidates to replace Ange Postecoglou as Socceroos coach.
The Roar and Sydney go head to head at Allianz Stadium tonight with Sydney looking to take the A-League top spot back from Newcastle Jets who defeated 10-man Melbourne Victory 4-1.
Current and former players have called on Arnold to get the Socceroos job, with Aloisi also saying the next man to take the role should be a local.
Aloisi said he would be interested to see what Football Federation Australia bosses had to say but he had his eyes set on the Roar.
"If I get a call from the national team, of course you're going to take it and talk to them,” Aloisi told reporters in Brisbane.
"At the moment that's not even a reality because I haven't got a call and my focus is on Brisbane Roar.
"I can talk until the cows come home (about) what I believe they should do, in terms of sticking with an Aussie coach.
"Whether they (the FFA) believe that themselves or whether they go that way, I still believe we have got good coaches in this country.”
Arnold also said he would be concentrating on the job at hand with the Sky Blues who are going for the treble after their FFA Cup final success over Adelaide earlier in the week.
"I'm flattered that my name has been put forward because I'm a proud Australian,” Arnold told reporters in Sydney on Friday.
But Arnold said his focus wouldn't shift from coaching Sydney FC.
"It's all hypothetical,” he said of being linked to the Socceroos job.
"I can sit here with you today and I can be 100 per cent honest with you: there has been no contact. I haven't spoken to anyone from FFA.
"FFA will do what they want to do, when they need to do it.
"They will contact whichever coach they want to contact, whether it's here or overseas.
"But I know one thing. I have a contract with Sydney FC ... it's the wrong thing for me to do, to go talking about other things.”