It appears Graham Arnold isn't sold on the Socceroos coaching position, insisting he is more than happy with his role at the Mariners.
In his post-match press conference after the Mariners' 2-2 draw away to Melbourne Heart on Saturday, Arnold hinted at a sense of frustration over Football Federation of Australia's (FFA) behaviour since they sacked Holger Osieck on October 11.
On Tuesday, FFA chairman Frank Lowy confirmed Arnold, Melbourne Victory head coach Ange Postecoglou and Western Sydney Wanderers boss Tony Popovic were the three candidates to replace Osieck as manager of the Socceroos.
But Arnold, who was interim head coach of the Socceroos from July 2006 until September 2007, argued he remains unsure what he would be signing on for, if he took over as manager of Australia's national team.
"You've got to think about it from the coach's side of it as well because, no one has asked us to be…we didn't apply for the job and it's just been put out there that we are candidates for the job," Arnold said.
"So we also, whether it's myself or Tony (Popovic) or Ange (Postecoglou), we also have a say in what the job is about, and if we do want the job.
"So at this point in time, that’s the thing that is all up in the air."
Arnold was in charge of the Socceroos during their ill-fated maiden AFC Asian Cup campaign in 2007, arguably the nadir of his coaching career to date, which he described as 'murder'.
And after leading the Mariners to their inaugural A-League championship last season, the 50-year-old coach indicated returning to lead Australia ahead of what promises to be a difficult World Cup campaign and rebuilding process, would not necessarily suit him.
"I'm happy doing what I'm doing and my ambition's have never changed…I had 10 years with the national teams and I've been to two World Cups and I enjoyed every minute of it, and I've got an ambition to go overseas and I really enjoy club coaching," Arnold said.
"It would be an honour to coach my country…but there's a lot of thinking to do on my side of it as well."
Arnold claimed he does not 'need the job' but then indicated the key factor for him to agree to coach Australia would be if he was given full autonomy over his staff and how to run the team.
"That's the only way you can be successful," Arnold said.