The potential appointment of Graham Arnold to the vacant position at the helm of the Socceroos would land a major blow to Sydney FC's hopes of successive A-League titles, but the players have backed their coach to be rewarded with Australian football's top job.
Sydney FC midfielder Josh Brillante was supportive of Arnold's candidacy to take charge of the national team and lead Australia to the 2018 World Cup, even if it would disrupt their high-flying start to the season.
"I'll be happy for him if he got the job, he deserves it, he's done really well but obviously we don't know anything about that so it's out of our control, we just concentrate on playing here," Brillante said. "That's my goal, it's been like that in the few years I haven't been in there. No matter who goes in there as the coach it's going to be the same thing for me, it's not going to change the way I play or do things so I'm just going to keep working and doing what I do."
Sydney have won 10 of their 12 games so far this season to move five points clear at the top of the table.
Their form has captured the attention of foreign clubs understood to be looking to sign a number of their first team players when the transfer window opens in January.
Brillante said he hopes the club can stave off attention from overseas teams preparing bids over the next month and keep the core of the squad together in the quest to clinch the premier's plate and championship again.
"It is definitely a possibility, I hope that no one goes away and we all stay here playing really we'll, everyone gets along really well. It might cause a little bit of disruption but that's the way football is," Brillante said. "It is the transfer period but I've still got a year on my contract here after this season with Sydney FC so at the moment I'm not too focused on that, just playing good games and I'll see what happens after that."