Ange Postecoglou has failed to stamp out rumours he will walk away from the Socceroos in a limp response from the national coach.
The Herald Sun reported on Wednesday Postecoglou would quit the Socceroos even if Australia secured a place at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
The FFA released a carefully worded statement vague on detail in light of the widespread speculation, adding to reports he will in fact stand down as the national mentor.
“I am aware of reports today suggesting that I will step down as Head Coach of the Socceroos next month,” Postecoglou said.
“My sole focus is on preparing the team for our final two qualifying matches. I will not let anything compromise the team’s journey on getting to a fourth consecutive FIFA World Cup.”
FFA chief executive David Gallop confirmed he had spoken to Postecoglou about the reports stating focus should remain on the November qualifiers against Honduras.
“Beyond that, should we qualify, there is a period of some months until the World Cup and we agreed that we will need to lock in our set up as soon as possible to maximise our preparation time,” Gallop said.