Former Socceroos skipper Paul Okon says he's not in a hurry to find himself back in coaching, and will instead spend the next month watching the World Cup - wishing one of his former charges was there.
Okon's protege Daniel De Silva, long tipped for an international career, will also be watching the Socceroos from outside Russia after missing selection.
The 21-year-old was never seriously in the running for the squad after falling short of a breakout campaign at under-performers Central Coast.
De Silva, who was the youngest member of Ange Postecoglou's extended squad for the 2015 Asian Cup, still has time on his side for forge an international career.
After seeing Melbourne City's Daniel Arzani shoot from obscurity into the squad, Okon couldn't help but wonder 'what if'.
"Maybe if Ange had have continued, maybe (De Silva) would have had an opportunity," he told AAP.
"But it's great that Arzani is in there, hopefully if he does get selected he can showcase just how talented he is.
"He's a pretty confident kid. You can see that in the way he plays.
"Why not play him? Why not give him the opportunity to show his stuff?"
Like Okon, who left the managerial position in Gosford before season's end, De Silva could yet leave the Mariners.
He is contracted but using the off-season to consider his options with new coach Mike Mulvey's blessing.
Melbourne City are at the head of the A-League queue for his services, where De Silva could unite with Arzani.
Alternatively, he could try his hand overseas again after previous moves to Italy's Roma and the Netherlands' Roda.
"Daniel's still at that stage where he still needs to get consistent football," Okon said.
"If that's at Central Coast Mariners, at another A-League team or back to Europe, it will be an important decision for him.
"He's a special player. I've got no doubt he'll be a part of that next generation of players to represent Australia and play in many World Cups."
Okon, 46, captained Australia in their last unsuccessful World Cup bid in 2001 - an inter-continental play-off with Uruguay.
His international career ended before Socceroos qualified for Germany 2006.
In June, he'll be one of several Australian armchair experts to feature on Optus Sport, the tournament broadcasters.