CHIEF executive Lawrie McKinna is not surprised at the number and the quality of applicants he has received for the vacant Jets' coaching position and will start interviews next week.
McKinna hopes to have a replacement for Ernie Merrick, who was let go on Monday, locked in before the Jets take on Wellington in New Zealand on January 24.
As was the case when Merrick was appointed in 2017, McKinna has received resumes from coaches near and far.
"There are some big names from overseas and as well as well-known local names," McKinna said. "I wouldn't say I'm surprised. It was a similar situation last time. We still have resumes coming through."
Jets' W-League coach Craig Deans has the reins alongside assistant coach Li Qiang until a new coach is on deck.
"We will get the game against Sydney [Friday night] out of the way and then I will go through the applicants over the weekend," McKinna said. "I will send them to [football operations manager] Joel Griffiths to have a look at as well and we will start contacting people from next week."
One of the more interesting candidates is London-based former Indian national team coach Stephen Constantine.
The 57-year-old has a long coaching career across four continents and most recently spent fours year in charge of India.
He led the emerging country on a 13-game unbeaten streak in which they climbed to 100 in the World. In 2018, India won the Intercontinental Cup, beating Kenya 2-1 in the final, but they were unable to get out of the group at the Asian Cup.
As well as India, Constantine has coached Rwanda, Nepal, Malawi and Sudan national teams.
He was the first team coach at English Championship club Millwall (2005-06) and has been manager in Cypress, at APEP, NEA Salamis and Ethnikos Achna.
"I am keen to get back into club football and I get updates from the Aussie sports science staff I had with the Indian national team," Constantine said. "I am aware of the challenges and I know I can help Lawrie and his people to turn the club around."
Former Perth Glory coach Kenny Lowe is among a number of coaches with A-League experience to have flagged an interest in the role.
However, the Herald has been told that Socceroos assistant coach Tony Vidmar is not interested.
Meanwhile, Northern NSW Football is advertising for a new Technical Director after the resignation of Clayton Zane.
Zane, who was the assistant coach at the Jets, started with NNSW in October but has been on leave of absence as his wife Cassie battles ill health.
NNSW chief executive David Eland hopes to have someone in place by the start of the National Premier League season.
"Clayton informed us this week that he us unable to return to work and tendered his resignation with immediate effect," Eland said. "It is an important position and we need to fill it."