PSV Eindhoven coach Guus Hiddink is almost certain to become Australia coach, Football Federation Australia chief executive John O'Neill said on Tuesday.
"It's fair to say he is our preferred candidate," O'Neill said, "The ink is not dry on the paper but very close. It's a matter of days, not weeks."
"We expect that once his duties are over, we will get his undivided attention. It will be a great coup if we get him and I'm 99 percent sure we will."
Hiddink, who led co-hosts South Korea to the semi-finals of the 2002 World Cup, has returned to his country and is treated as a hero.
Hiddink will replace Frank Farina, who had taken in charge for six years and was released after Australia's elimination from the Confederations Cup last month.