Italian goalkeeping great Walter Zenga has expressed interest in the vacant Melbourne Victory head coaching role and his representatives have approached the A-League club.
Victory are on the hunt for a new boss after the axing of Grant Brebner.
Former Blackburn Rovers manager Steve Kean has been appointed interim coach this week following Brebner’s sacking.
Zenga, who represented Italy and Inter Milan as a goalkeeper from the late 1970s to the early 1990s, has been without a coaching position since leaving his post as head coach of Serie A outfit Cagliari in August last year.
Agent Morris Pagniello, owner of Anthem Sports Management, is working with Zenga and confirmed to The World Game that the 60-year-old wants the Victory job.
“We are very excited for the possibility to bring Walter to Melbourne,” Pagniello said. “The club have his CV on the table and we are ready to negotiate.
"I think he would one of the most qualified coaches ever in the A-League.
"After Alessandro Del Piero, he would be the next great ambassador for the league.
“It would show that current top coaches would come to the A-League and could attract more sponsorship, and excitement with his game play.
"He has a big following in Europe and in the Gulf region, and he has a great personality to help the club regain its position at the top.”
Zenga has coached clubs in America, Italy, Romania, Serbia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and England since retiring as a player in 1999.
The former Azzurri star has had spells in charge of Palermo, Sampdoria, Crotone, Venezia and Cagliari in his native Italy, as well as with Wolverhampton Wanderers in the English Championship.
As a player he was named UEFA goalkeeper of the year in 1990 and won a Serie A title, an Italian Super Cup and the UEFA Cup twice with the Nerazzurri. He also earned 58 caps for the Italian national team.
According to Pagniello, Dubai-based Zenga almost joined Melbourne Victory last year following the departure of Carlos Perez Salvachua.
“There was interest from Victory,” he said. “But due to family issues we couldn’t decide.”
Zenga told website StatsPerform that coaching in the A-League is his goal.
“I spoke last year with Mark Bresciano, he was my player in Palermo and my player in Al Nasr here in Dubia, and I was very close to come to Australia with one team but we didn’t sign the contract,” he said.
“But for example, the A-League in Australia is my target.”
Melbourne Victory are currently bottom of the A-League with just three wins from 16 matches this season.
The Victorian club has been approached for comment.