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The 50-year-old is returning to Australia after his latest stint in China came to an end on Saturday, and has been linked with the new club's coaching role

Lawrie McKinna has distanced himself from reports he has been targeted by Football Federation Australia to be the inaugural coach of the A-League's western Sydney club, but is interested in the post.

Former Central Coast Mariners coach McKinna is returning to Australia after his stint with Chinese League One outfit Chongqing Lifan ended, having had a disagreement with the club's hierarchy after a 1-0 loss to Shenyang Shenbei on Saturday.

The 2007-08 Premiers' Plate-winning coach had moved to China in March 2011 with then-Chinese Super League club Chengdu Blades, moving to Chongqing in December and guiding them to fifth on the table after five games at the time of his resignation.

The FFA is looking to fill their newest club's coaching post quickly and McKinna, who as a player had stints with several National Soccer League clubs in the western Sydney area, has been heavily linked with the job.

But the Mariners' inaugural coach - having led them from 2005 until 2010 - revealed he had not yet fielded interest from the FFA in his services.

"I am coming back but still unsure what I will be doing. I have been connected to the Western Sydney Job by the media," he said on Twitter on Monday.

McKinna had earlier tweeted that it was "nice to be linked", but that reports he was set to be hired were very premature: "I have heard I am signing but you need to be offered the job first and as off now I have not been offered anything," he said.

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