Frank Farina is well-placed to sympathise with the plight of Holger Osieck, but is opting to keep his own counsel regarding the potential fate of the under-pressure Socceroos coach.
Farina's six years in charge of Australia's national team came to an end in June 2005 following an underwhelming performance at the Confederations Cup.
There are calls this week for Osieck to be removed after the Socceroos' embarrassing 6-0 defeat to Brazil on Sunday morning, with many observers citing the need for change ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Farina though has declined to comment on whether or not Football Federation Australia should axe the German.
"I have an opinion but it's not one that I want to share at the moment," he told Goal Australia.
"I know what it's like being in that position as a national coach. There's plenty of other people who have weighed in on it and want to weigh in on it.
"Out of respect for another coach I don't really want to get involved. As [things] unfold, I'm sure the FFA will decide one way or another."