Experienced Italian manager Carlo Ancelotti has ruled himself out of coaching Australia at the World Cup, saying he isn't keen to lead any team at international level.
The 58-year-old, who was sacked from Bayern Munich in September, was seen in Australia as the highest-profile option to replace Ange Postecoglou and take the national team to Russia.
But when asked on Italian TV if he was interested in the vacant Italy coaching role, Ancelotti explained he only wanted to manage a club team - eliminating any slim chance Football Federation Australia had of coaxing him Down Under.
"The FIGC (Italian Football Federation) contacted me, I spoke to them. I told them I'm honoured that so many people want me to coach the national team," Ancelotti told La Domenica Sportiva.
"However, (managing a national side) would be like a whole other job. Working for the national team is different to being a club coach, as I still enjoy training and working every day."
Former Germany and USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann and recently-fired Serbian manager Slavoljub Muslin have emerged as favourites to coach Australia at next year's showpiece.
The Socceroos have been forced to find a new leader after the resignation of Postecoglou in the days following the intercontinental playoff victory over Honduras - which booked the nation a spot in Russia.
Australia have been drawn into group C alongside France, Peru and Denmark.