The vacant Melbourne Victory coaching position has attracted a plethora of applications according to club chairman Anthony di Pietro. The two-time A-League champions parted ways with establishment coach Ernie Merrick last month and have been on the lookout for a replacement ever since.
Merrick's assistant Mehmet Durakovic took the reins at the Victory, who have also recently been linked with Manchester United great Roy Keane and former Tottenham star Ossie Ardiles.
However, nothing has yet been finalised as di Pietro tells the club's official website that there has been plenty of interest in the job.
"It's with great pleasure that I can confirm the club has been inundated with applicants for the role, with over 70 resumes received from both national and international candidates," he said.
"Our Board is extremely impressed with the calibre of coaches and we will be taking our time to go through the process to ensure that we find the coach that is the best fit for Melbourne Victory and aligns to our criteria.
"We will create a short list, before proceeding to the next phase.
"I want to assure everyone that our Board has a very clear direction as to where we want to take our football club in 2011/12 and beyond.
"We will advise you of our strategic plans throughout the pre-season and importantly keep you abreast of any developments as they occur with regard to our coaching appointment."