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Oct 13, 2013

Vidmar refuses to say if keen on top job

Caretaker Socceroos coach Aurelio Vidmar is refusing to say if he's interested in the top job on a full-time basis following the sacking of Holger Osieck.

Osieck was axed after Australia lost to France 6-0 in Paris.

Vidmar will lead the team against Canada in the up-coming friendly on Tuesday night London time (0600 AEDT Wednesday).

Asked directly if he'd be interested in the top job Vidmar said: "At this stage I don't even want to talk about any of that."

Vidmar certainly doesn't see Tuesday's match as an audition of any sort.

"No, not at all," he told reporters in London on Sunday.

"For us it's a matter of trying to get a fit team out on the park and trying to perform as best we can.

"There are a number of players carrying injuries and niggles so we are scratching the surface really to have many fit players."

Former coach Guus Hiddink is the frontrunner to replace Osieck.

Other foreign candidates include former Chile and Argentina coach Marcelo Bielsa and ex-Chelsea manager Robert Di Matteo.

Australians Ange Postecoglou and Graham Arnold are also in the frame.

Vidmar said it was always an "unfortunate situation" when a head coach was dumped.

"It hasn't been a very good time over the last couple of days.

"The way football works is I was the assistant coach and someone needs to take the game for the international game on Tuesday and that's me. That's how it is."

Asked if it was time for an Australian manager to lead the Socceroos, Vidmar said: "Obviously, yes that would be nice and probably one day that'll happen."

The 46-year-old said he hadn't been given any guarantee he'd remain assistant under any new regime.

"We are all under scrutiny - staff, players, the whole lot," he said.

"That's what normally happens when someone gets dismissed.

"At the end the organisation will have to make a decision about what's going to happen moving forward."

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