Steve Kean takes charge of his first match at Melbourne Victory on Friday but could be returning to Europe next season.
Former Blackburn coach Kean has been promoted from assistant to caretaker after the sacking of Scottish compatriot Grant Brebner.
Kean is taking the reins for the final six games ahead of facing the Western Sydney Wanderers on Friday.
Victory have won just three of 16 matches this term and were thrashed 7-0 last weekend by A League neighbours Melbourne City.
Kean is looking to stop the rot but is not a contender to get the post full-time and could return to Europe after working for Scotland and UEFA previously as an instructor for the A Licence.
Kean, 53, who bossed Blackburn from 2010 – 2012, said: “I have a lot of designs on doing a good job but I don‘t expect to be here (next season).
“The club has made that quite clear, that they'll be looking for someone outside of the club at the moment.
“I explained that to players because I think they have to know.
“My job is, between now and the end of the season, to get points on the board and work with the staff, players.
“I said that to the players first thing – that they‘re playing for their futures at the club.
“We hope that hurt turns into energy and then that energy turns into wins.”
Kean's coaching CV also includes a stint as an assistant at Fulham between 2003 and 2007 and a spell as a boss in Brunei.
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