Kenny Lowe will coach Perth Glory this week after Football Federation Australia cleared the path.
NTC coach Lowe, a former Glory assistant, was suspended for two matches for “use of discriminatory language” towards an official in a State League match in August.
He only served one match in the State League, but has been cleared to coach Glory against Adelaide United at nib Stadium on Sunday.
Lowe is a temporary replacement for Alistair Edwards, who was sacked as coach in controversial circumstances this week.
He has been employed to coach Glory to the end of the 2013-14 season, but may be replaced if the club finds a full-time coach before then.
Glory owner Tony Sage said the club would advertise the full-time head coaching position in January, but had already received about 50 expressions of interest.
Agents representing former Italian internationals Gianfranco Zola and Marco Tardelli have touched base with Glory, but Sage said there had been no official negotiations between the parties.
Lowe said he would use the interim position as an audition for the full-time job.
“I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t want it. It’s a waste of time just coming for a giggle, isn’t it?” Lowe said.
“Obviously I want to stay as long as I possibly can.”
Glory have included Sidnei Sciola Moraes in the squad for the Adelaide game after the Brazilian winger overcame a hamstring injury, but marquee stars William Gallas (calf) and Shane Smeltz (ankle) are still out of action.