Short passes: Hierro, Raul want A-League gig

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Spanish great to coach in Australia?

A report from The World Game quotes the agent of Fernando Hierro, who claims the former Real Madrid captain wants to coach in the A-League and will bring ex team-mate Raul with him.

Carle, Thompson saga continues

Nick Carle and Matt Thompson are back training with Sydney FC's first team after being excluded as a punishment for disobeying Frank Farina's orders, as players' union the PFA monitors their situation. But with Carle carrying a niggle and Terry Antonis back in full training, it remains to be seen if either will play against Perth Glory on Saturday.

Australia, Japan to trade refs

Takuto Okabe will referee Brisbane Roar's game against the Newcastle Jets on Sunday as the first step in an exchange of match officials between Football Federation Australia and the Japanese Football Association.

Solari staying at Hunter Stadium

Teenage goalkeeper John Solari has signed a one-year contract extension with the Newcastle Jets, tying him to the club until the end of the 2014-15 season.

Carney will play anywhere

Staying in the Hunter, recent Jets arrival David Carney says he prefers lining up on the wing but will play any position if it means going to the World Cup with the Socceroos.

Paartalu to stay in Asia

Also in a bid to make Ange Postecoglou's Brazil squad, free agent Erik Paartalu wants to move to the J-League rather than return to Australia after surprisingly being released by Chinese Super League side Tianjin Teda.

"Erik feels that playing in Japan would give him the best possible chance of getting picked," agent David O'Keefe told SBS.

Hoffman at home in defence

Melbourne Heart utility player Jason Hoffman feels he has settled well into his new role at fullback after previously playing as a striker and a midfielder.

"I see it as more of a natural position now which is great and I've enjoyed the season I have had there at right-back," he said.

Mulvey warns Victory

Brisbane Roar coach Mike Mulvey has told Melbourne Victory not to underestimate Muangthong United after the Queensland side lost a AFC Champions League playoff to another Thai outfit, Buriram United, last season.

"You cannot underestimate these guys," Mulvey said.

"These Thai clubs are usually backed by businesses or very wealthy individuals, and they can throw as much money as they need to at it.

"We got smashed for the fact that we lost to a 'no-name' team, but that was very disrespectful towards Thai football. They played very good football against us."

John Barnes would coach in Australia

Despite his managerial experiences being limited to short-lived, underwhelming spells in charge of Celtic, Jamaica and Tranmere, the former Liverpool and England great has dismissed the idea of reviving his post-playing career in the A-League

"I'd consider going anywhere to coach," he said on a visit to South Australia this week.

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