SYDNEY, Oct. 14 (Xinhua) -- Melbourne Victory's coach Ange Postecoglou is favorite for the vacant Socceroos coaching job due to Football Federation Australia's (FFA) tight budget, local media reported on Monday.
Coach Holger Osieck was sacked just hours after the Socceroos' embarrassing 6-0 loss to France on Saturday morning.
In the immediate term the Australian national football team will be coached by assistant Aurelio Vidmar against Canada in the up-coming friendly on Wednesday morning.
The FFA is placing just 1.5 million AU dollars (1.42 million U.S. dollars) on the table for eight months at the helm of the Socceroos with no guarantee of a contract beyond the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).
The package has spooked some of the top overseas contenders.
Postecoglou is ranked ahead of fellow local contenders Graham Arnold and Tony Popovic by FFA.
The FFA is tightening its purse strings as it seeks a new naming-rights sponsor for the Socceroos after the long-standing deal with Qantas expired in July.