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Ex-Socceroos star Okon open to Sydney Rovers job

Former Australian national team midfielder Paul Okon admits he would strongly consider the coaching gig with incoming A-League club Sydney Rovers if it came his way.

The 38-year old has emerged as a strong candidate to take the reins with the expansion franchise who enter the A-League next season and he says it would be an opportunity he would definitely look at.

''I'm from the area, I was born there, I grew up there and if an opportunity comes [to become senior coach], I will definitely look at it,'' Okon told the Herald. ''I'm not one to speculate on jobs but if a position there is open and available, I'd obviously give it a lot of thought.

''There's still a lot be done before they're officially unveiled [as a club] but I'm from the area, I was born there, I grew up there and still have great ties across western Sydney.''

Okon, who had an extensive playing career with clubs such as Lazio, Fiorentina, Middlesbrough and Leeds United, is of firm belief that a second club in Sydney can succeed if things are done correctly from the beginning.

''There's huge opportunities for a second team in Sydney. It's not an easy market and a lot of teams are doing it tough off the field but I think Sydney Rovers have the right people involved,'' he added.

''That's important, because you want the right people making decisions. With a new franchise, if you want to be survive, you have to be strong from the start.''

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