Former Manchester United goalkeeper Mark Bosnich has backed Sir Alex Ferguson to come out of retirement and coach Australia after Holger Osieck was sacked on Friday.
Bosnich, who spent four years under Ferguson during two spells at Old Trafford, believes the Scot could help steady the Socceroos if he chooses to come out of retirement.
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Former Australia boss Guus Hiddink and Melbourne Victory coach Ange Postecoglou are currently favourites to take up the position, but Bosnich has urged Football Federation Australia to pursue Ferguson.
"We've been throwing around a lot of names but there's one person that I haven't heard mentioned -- even though I've got more reason than anyone not to suggest him," he told Triple M radio. "I’m just being honest and have had experience under him, so know what he’s like – it is Sir Alex Ferguson.
"That name hasn't been put about, but we need someone of that ilk. He [Ferguson] would command a top whack, but in life, and especially in sport, you get what you pay for. If you want the very best, you're going to have to pay for the best."
Meanwhile, Lucas Neill is determined to defy his critics and play on despite calls for the Socceroos captain to step down from his post.
"I am committed to being captain of this country for as long as the people in charge give me that status,'' he said. "I feel partly responsible for making sure this team goes into that tournament in the best possible shape they can, in the best frame of mind, and hopefully with a lot of confidence."
Neill also responded to comments from Bosnich following Friday's 6-0 defeat to France after the 41-year-old claimed the defender is past his prime.
"Football is a game of opinions," Neil added. "He's entitled to his, (but) I expect better from people who've played the game and certainly from people that call themselves my friend."