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Decision on next Australia coach not to be rushed - FFA chief Buckley

Football Federation Australia CEO Ben Buckley has said that the decision on the replacement for current Australia national team coach Pim Verbeek will not be rushed.

As phone calls, emails and resumes from around the world flood FFA's inboxes, Buckley is remaining calm and said the federation will not jump into anything without doing their research.

''A lot of applicants who have applied could potentially meet what we're after and there's plenty of very good coaches who want the job,'' Buckley told the Herald. ''But it's a matter of the right person being available and fitting our criteria. We're well into the process, we have a committee that meets regularly and has identified a number of prospective candidates.''

Buckley said the ideal goal would be to appoint a new coach as soon as the Socceroos are finished at next month's World Cup.

''That's our preference, absolutely,'' he said. ''But we have to acknowledge we operate in a global market and getting the best person for the long term may not be as immediate as we would like and we may have to keep our options open.''

Names linked with the job include Galatasaray boss Frank Rijkaard, Feyenoord technical director Leo Beenhakker, Rijkaard's assistant Johan Neeskens, ex-Ajax manager Marco van Basten and current Ajax boss Martin Jol - all of whom are Dutch - along with former Ivory Coast and Japan head coach Philippe Troussier and Italian tactician Nevio Scala.

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