Tony Popovic is Melbourne Victory's No.1 managerial target, but if he turns down the role, Wellington Phoenix coach Ufuk Talay could come into play.
Wellington Phoenix coach Ufuk Talay insists he isn't in discussions with Melbourne Victory about joining the A-League powerhouse next season.
Tony Popovic is widely rumoured to be the Victory's No.1 target after the club parted ways with Grant Brebner over the weekend.
But if Popovic turns down the role, Talay is seen as next in line.
Talay's contract at Wellington runs out at the end of this season, and the club is in discussions with him about extending the deal.
The 45-year-old said he was happy at the Phoenix, but he didn't give any guarantees that he would stay, leaving the door ajar for a possible move.
"At this stage, nothing's been discussed," Talay replied when asked about his links to Victory.
"If there was something being discussed, I'd let you know."
Talay scoffed at talk that the rumours linking him with Victory could be a distraction for his Phoenix outfit.
Wellington notched their second win on the trot on Sunday night when they beat Perth Glory 3-1 in Perth.
"It's not a distraction. If it was a distraction, it would have distracted tonight's result as well," Talay said after the win.
"The negotiations are going well with Wellington Phoenix at the moment with our chairman Rob (Morrison).
"At this stage I'm contracted at Wellington Phoenix. Our thought process is on us making the top six this season.
"I think I've got a great relationship with my board and my chairman, and at the same time I've got a great bond with the club and I've got a lot of passion towards Wellington Phoenix as well."
Two wins on the trot have seen the Phoenix claw back to within four points of the sixth-placed Wanderers.
Perth Glory are seven points adrift of sixth spot, and they face a defining match away against seventh-placed Brisbane on Sunday.
Glory will then have a run of five straight games in Perth, but a win in Brisbane is a must if they are to keep their finals hopes flickering.
"It's about us now brushing this off and growing another leg," Glory coach Richard Garcia said.
"We need to find that confidence, and at the moment we're dominating games and we're not getting results through lack of concentration.
"It's something we have to learn from and help the guys come to the party with that concentration for the full 90."