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Harry Kewell speaks about coaching Australia in the future

8:03 AM GMT+8 28/05/2018
Harry Kewell
The green and gold legend discusses managing the national team one day

Harry Kewell knows how to put himself in the frame to coach Australia one day, but has played down any aspirations to take over national team in the short term.

After a solid first season in charge of League Two side Crawley Town in which they comfortably avoided relegation, the 39-year-old has been linked with numerous jobs, including League One's Charlton Athletic.

Talk has also started that Kewell can one day take over the Socceroos job, but the former Liverpool attacker says he is just focused on club football and that success could bring an opportunity at national team level.

"I am just going to concentrate on coaching at the club football level first," Kewell told Goal.

"And once you coach at that level and if you become successful, then the option to represent your country at the coaching level may appear.

"But I don't want to think too far ahead, I just want to continue what I am doing."

Crawley finished 14th after an inconsistent season which saw them languishing in the relegation zone in November, before run of 11 wins in 16 games secured a mid-table result.

Kewell was proud of his first season in charge, noting the Crawley's poor recent history, and explained how he turned the club's fortunes around.

"Crawley, in the last three years, were relegated, 20th and 19th. So the mentality, the attitude and the confidence in the club itself were low," he said.

"So for a young manager to come in there and change the philosophy, the attitude, the confidence, the morale of the club - it takes time. It just doesn't click straightway. Just because you get a preseason, it doesn't work straight away. It takes time to change ideas.

"The players adapted very well, they took on my ideas. I am very pleased with that. And it was only a matter of time until it started to click."