Former Sydney FC talisman Dwight Yorke has expressed an interest in taking the reins at the Sky Blues but insists the club has not contacted him.
While Tony Popovic remains Sydney's top choice in the hunt for a new mentor after being snubbed by Central Coast Mariners's Graham Arnold, the club's board is leaving nothing to chance with both Yorkre and Italian great Gianfranco Zola identified as probable alternatives should Popovic instead choose to coach western Sydney next season.
The former Socceroos defender and current Crystal Palace assistant coach is due on Monday to inform Sydney's director of football Gary Cole if he will be returning to the where he learned his coaching craft under Vitezslav Lavicka.
If Popovic rejects Sydney's advances and falls into the arms of western Sydney instead, then Sydney's back-up option is to lure either ex-Manchester United maestro Yorke, who led the Sky Blues to the inaugural A-League title nearly seven years ago, or former Chelsea hero Zola, whose most recent coaching gig was at West Ham.
"I have not spoken to Sydney but If they were to approach me I would certainly look at it," Yorke, who is on Manchester United's coaching staff and is in the midst of taking his FIFA badges, told The World Game on Sunday night.
"I do have a lot going in England right now, where I also have a contract with Sky TV in London and perhaps I am not as hungry as I was for the position.
"But, like I said, if they came to me I'd certainly see what they have to say and would take it from there. I get a lot of pleasure from coaching and I am looking to get more into it as time progresses."
Zola, who is in the frame for juicier options in Europe and the Middle East, nonetheless would be expected to enter into initial talks with Sydney should the club make an official approach.
The Italian’s representative in Australia, Buddy Farah, was reluctant to divulge too much, saying only: "At stage I really can't comment."
Goalkeeper Mat Ryan, defender Pedj Bojic and midfielder Oliver Bozanic look to have played their last games for Central Coast Mariners as the A-League champion faces a raft of departures.
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