New Delhi: Arthur Papas, coach of India`s under-23 football side, is unlikely to accept a three-year contract extension from the All India Football Federation in order to keep his options open.
The Australian, who moved to India in May 2012 to take up a position as an academy coach, was later entrusted with the duel task of looking after the under-23 side and AIFF`s development outfit Pailan Arrows in the I-League.
Papas is reluctant to go for a long-term association with the AIFF as he has received offers from clubs in Thailand and the United Arab Emirates.
"To be honest I`m quite comfortable with a one-year contract. I`ve been offered a three-year extension with a really good pay increase, but I`ve never been in football for the money," Papas told `goal.Com`.
Before his arrival in India, the 32-year-old held roles at A-League clubs Melbourne Heart and the Newcastle Jets.
Under Papas` guidance, the Arrows are placed a reasonably impressive seventh on the I-League table after 13 matches.
The under-22 side`s showing in the AFC Championship qualifying tournament last year was also praiseworthy, thanks to Papas` presence.
I`ve always said the person who wins the world championship this year is the person who does the best job on the circuit, but that does not seem the way it is at the moment.