International news: Gerard Houllier and Guus Hiddink linked with Australia manager's job

Gerard Houllier: Linked with vacant Australia job

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The Football Federation Australia (FFA) have wasted no time in starting their search for sacked head coach Holger Osieck's replacement.

FFA chief executive David Gallop, who confirmed that assistant coach Aurelio Vidmar would take charge of the Socceroos' friendly against Canada on Wednesday, has created a taskforce responsible for appointing a new head coach in the coming weeks.

"I have given our new head of national performance, Luke Casserly, and the national technical director, Han Berger, the task of conducting a review of our World Cup planning," he told Sydney Morning Herald.

"The review will include all aspects of the technical and logistical preparations, national teams unit staffing and the appointment of a new head coach.

"The World Cup kicks off in eight months and the Asian Cup is 15 months away. We are determined to make the most of the historical opportunities that these tournaments present.

"FFA will give the highest priority to these projects because the Socceroos are the standard bearers for Australia on the world stage."

High-profile names such as Guus Hiddink and Gerard Houllier have been linked to the vacant post, but local options such as Melbourne Victory boss Ange Postecoglou and Central Coast Mariners' Graham Arnold are potential candidates.