Socceroos chiefs feared "crucifying" an Australian coach at the World Cup, leading to their appointment of Dutchman Bert van Marwijk.
Ex-Socceroo Stan Lazaridis, who assisted Football Federation Australia in the hunt for a new national coach, says an Australian will take the reins from van Marwijk after the Word Cup starting in June.
Sydney FC Graham Arnold is white-hot favourite to take the Socceroos job, with van Marwijk's tenure expiring after the sport's showpiece event.
Lazaridis says installing an Australian coach now could have led to problems if the Socceroos fell flat at the Cup.
"We felt that to implement someone from Australia, we might be crucifying them," Lazaridis told Football Nation Radio.
"Because if they went to the World Cup and got an absolute belting, how would they then recover and honour out the last three or four years of their deal?
"They might be shot before they have even started."
Lazaridis said an Australian coach would be announced "in due course".
But he described van Marwijk, who took the Netherlands to the 2010 World Cup final, as a perfect fit for Australia's current situation.
"There were some big names in the pot, it must be said," Lazaridis said.
"It wasn't that easy just to select whoever you had.
"There was financial constraints, the length of the job - the appointment is only until the World Cup, it's only a short five (or) six month appointment - and then an Australian coach will be obviously announced in due course.
"So I feel it's a win-win situation for both Australia, the FFA, and for van Marwijk as well, for Bert, because he's really put his name on the line. "And he 's hoping that he's going do well to springboard off to get another job."
Lazaridis said van Marwijk was expected to carry much of the blueprint of Ange Postecoglou, who quit as Socceroos coach last November.
"Van Marwijk is going to bring something of his own but predominantly he's going to carry on where Ange left," he said.
"Yes, he will adopt a similar playing style ... he likes to play this counter attacking football but very mindful that defensively he's covered."
"A lot of it was the playing philosophy that Ange put in. We wanted that to keep going, we didn't want to see a complete change of style of football."
Van Marwijk's son-in-law Mark van Bommel is also set to join the Socceroos' coaching set-up.
Netherlands great van Bommel worked under van Marwijk when he coached Saudi Arabia to direct qualification for this year's cup.