Well it looks like Alicia has put her hand up for the job after all along with Renee Stubbs.
And (god-forbid) Todd Woodbridge is interested.
ALICIA Molik and Rennae Stubbs are among the confirmed candidates for the Fed Cup captaincy vacated by David Taylor last month, with the possibility of a surprise late expression of interest from Tennis Australia's head of professional tennis, Todd Woodbridge.
Applications for the role close on Friday, and may also include current Fed Cup coach Nicole Bradtke. Molik, the former world No. 8, and Stubbs, the global competition's most-capped player, appear to be the front-runners, and while Woodbridge said he had not yet applied, the former doubles star and top-20 singles player has not ruled out expanding an already busy portfolio that he also combines with Channel Seven commentary duties.
''It's interesting, because my job entails most of that role anyway,'' Woodbridge said. ''I'm already doing plenty, but we'll see what happens when we get to Friday, and about how all that looks. It's something that I wouldn't dismiss because, to be honest, I'm there anyway, I'm at the ties. I don't know that that would happen; a lot of it will come down to what the girls want. I think we've got some pretty good candidates.''
Taylor held the joint positions of Fed Cup captain and personal coach to US Open champion Sam Stosur, an arrangement that was occasionally a source of disgruntlement within the squad.
''What's important is that the girls, different to the men, like the slight separation of an athlete's current assigned coach and Fed Cup captain; they like someone who can oversee that whole area,'' Woodbridge said. ''Dave had Sam as his player and so some of the other girls sometimes thought there was a little bit of a conflict. There wasn't, they all played well together, but we won't have those issues with the person going into it now.''
Bradtke has been assured of retaining her coaching position, at least, when Australia returns to the eight-nation world group in 2013, and has previously indicated that to be the most likely scenario. Another potential candidate, Nicole Pratt, is expected to take up an expanded role at the national academy in Melbourne, working with the talented crop of emerging 13-16-year-olds.
''The goal is to get somebody in there to win the Fed Cup, because we've really got a team that could win it. We're not the favourites, but you look at the line-up and we've got Sam, and if Jarmila [Gajdosova] can get her game back on track, she can beat anybody, and you've got young Ash Barty sitting down below who's probably ready soon to move up into the team,'' Woodbridge said.
''So we've got some potential over the next three years to actually win the Fed Cup, and a huge goal of mine is to get all of that in place and really have a crack at doing that for women's tennis.''
Taylor announced last month that he wished to reduce his travel commitments and devote all his available time to continuing his successful partnership with Stosur. He departs after seven years with a 15-6 record, including an upset win over Germany in April that secured Australia's promotion from world group II. The title campaign starts against the reigning champion, the Czech Republic, in Ostrava on February 9-10.