Australian football was looking for a local solution to its national coaching position and not from overseas, Australian Soccer Association chief executive John O'Neill said here on Friday.

There has been speculation in the Australian media that Frank Farina's coaching position in charge of the national and Olympic teams has been linked to a number of French coaches including Gerard Houllier, Manuel Amoros, Bruno Metsu and Jean Tigana.

Farina has steered the Olympic under-23 team to the quarter-finals in Athens where they are scheduled to face Iraq on Saturday.

O'Neill said Australia's national soccer coaching position was not up for grabs and confirmed that he intended to organise a meeting with Farina, players and technical staff in mid-October with the aim of getting Australia to the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany.

"My preference is to draw a line in October and say 'that's it, we are away'," O'Neill told Australian Associated Press here.

"We've got just over 12 months for a potential play-off against the fifth-placed South American team (for a World Cup finals berth) and I don't want to have any more distractions and speculation about coaches once we move forward in October."

October coincides with the final leg of the Socceroos' Oceania Confederations Cup qualifying series against the Solomon Islands in Sydney.

O'Neill said he expected all of Australia's leading players, including English-based Harry Kewell and Mark Viduka, to be home for the matches and so it would be a good opportunity to sit down and plan for Germany 2006.

O'Neill said speculation over Farina's coaching position was unfounded.

"I spontaneously received the CV's of certain well-known international coaches and I haven't even asked for them," said O'Neill.

O'Neill is deciding whether to appoint more technical staff to work with Farina.

"Thanks very much, but for the agents who are sending them to me, it's return to sender.

"The fact we are talking to experts is simply information gathering.

"We are looking for an Australian solution. I am confident we are building a good group of people that will get us to our objective."