Sydney (AFP) - Australia coach Holger Osieck has been sacked after the Socceroos were thrashed 6-0 by France in an international friendly, reports said on Saturday.
Despite guiding them to the World Cup finals, the German's position was on the line ahead of Friday's match in Paris after the team was hit for six by Brazil a month ago.
The Sydney Morning Herald said he has now paid the price.
"The most embarrassing pair of results in Socceroos' history has ended the reign of coach Holger Osieck, who was dramatically sacked this morning," the newspaper reported.
It said Football Federation Australia chief David Gallop delivered the news to Osieck although there was no immediate official confirmation.
Calls have been growing for Osieck's head in recent weeks with former coach Guus Hiddink, who led the Socceroos to the 2006 World Cup, seen as a candidate to replace him.
Reports said three A-League coaches: Melbourne Victory's Ange Postecoglou, Western Sydney's Tony Popovic and Central Coast's Graham Arnold could also be in the running.
Asked by Fox Sports after Friday's game whether he was concerned for his future, Osieck replied: "That's not my call."I know two heavy losses to that extent always gives some food for discussion."