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.
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."
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.