Brisbane caretaker Darren Davies has hinted at putting his hand up for the full-time role as the club ramps up its search to fill their coaching vacancy.
Almost a month after John Aloisi walked away from the job, the A-League club unveiled a new selection panel over the weekend to begin the interview process.
The group, which was finalised following a meeting between club powerbrokers in Indonesia, includes former Socceroos and Roar defender Jade North.
And for the first time since taking over the role on an interim basis, Davies suggested he would throw his hat in the ring despite being an unlikely option.
Asked after Sunday's 1-1 draw with Central Coast whether he would seek an interview, Davies said: "The club have said that there will be a panel and a process.
"I will continue to do this job and do the best that I can whilst I'm in the position."
A host of names have been linked to the role, including former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson and Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler.
Davies, who only joined Brisbane last August after six years with the Melbourne Victory, is one of a few members of the coaching staff to remain after Aloisi's exit.
John's brother Ross departed last week, while it is understood football manager Danny Tiatto and performance analyst Jason Wickham also walked out.
The Roar have claimed just two points from a possible 18 under Davies.
Pressed on whether he had ambitions to be an A-League head coach at some point in his career, Davies said: "Yes."
For the meantime, the Roar avoided slumping to last spot on the table after surviving a second-half barrage from the Mariners to finish with a draw.
The other two teams outside the top six in Western Sydney and Newcastle also lost, with the seventh-placed Jets now 10 points adrift of sixth-placed Adelaide.
The Reds were the beneficiary of a couple of contentious decisions in their 2-1 win over the Wanderers, as were Sydney FC in their 1-0 victory over the Jets.
Perth maintained their position at the summit of the league with a scoreless draw against Melbourne City.
With a game in hand, the Glory sit three points above Melbourne Victory after the defending champions escaped with a 3-3 all draw against Wellington.
Phoenix star Roy Krishna became the first player in league history to record two goals in three straight matches with a brace against the Victory.
Australian Associated Press