Former Australia U-17 coach Jean-Paul de Marigny has been earmarked by Kevin Muscat as his top target for the role of assistant coach at Melbourne Victory.
Currently at the helm of NSW Premier League team Marconi Stallions, former Socceroos defender De Marigny has been sounded out by Muscat who made it clear last week he was in the market for a right-hand man after stepping up to fill the shoes of Ange Postecoglou in the top job.
De Marigny, 49, who was in charge of the Joeys for three years, also has A-League experience, having been assistant to Richard Money at Newcastle Jets in 2005-2006 before successfully suing the club over his dismissal in the aftermath of Money's exit.
Muscat promoted Darren Davies from the Victory youth team to a senior coaching post, but is committed to adding more expertise to his team, with De Marigny emerging as a leading candidate.
He is in his second spell with Marconi, having taken the reins this year, and his coaching credits also include Sydney United (2006 and 2010-2013) and the NSW Institute of Sport, a position he held in conjunction with his former Joeys role.
He led the western Sydney club to fifth spot this season as it unsuccessfully sought to defend the title it won in 2012.
As a dashing fullback during his playing days, Mauritius-born De Marigny - a fluent French speaker - spent nine seasons with Marconi and also had spells with Sydney City, Apia Leichardt and Sydney Olympic in the National Soccer League. He earned two Socceroos' caps along the way.