Soccer: Graham Arnold Announced as New Socceroos Head Coach

Graham Arnold has been confirmed as the new head coach of Socceroos after the World Cup.

Arnold will take over from Bert van Marwijk after the FIFA World Cup in Russia.

This is the 54-year-old’s second chance at the job after a brief stint in 2006-7 following Guus Hiddink’s departure. After the team’s poor performance in the Asian Cup, Arnold returned to his old role as assistant coach, with Pim Verbeek succeeding him.

“I learnt a hell of a lot from my mistakes in 2007,” Arnold said at a media conference. “But I know I am a different person today. I’ve learnt so much in the last few years and I’ve got such good mentors around me … I know it’s not an easy job, it’s a tough job, but I know I’ll do a great job this time.”

Arnold has also headed the Central Coast Mariners (2010-2013) and the Sydney FC from 2014, where he led the team to success in the 2014-15 and 2016-17 seasons. He will continue leading the Sky Blues until the A-League season ends.

“I just want to say that my commitment to Sydney FC is 110 per cent until the end of this season,” Arnold said. “I told the players this morning that this decision had been made, we’ve gone through the process with the players about what is happening … I will give every bit of commitment from here today until the end of June, where we will finish this competition with silverware.”

FFA chief executive David Gallop said he looks forward to work with Arnold. “He’s perfectly set up for this job,” said Gallop. “He’s got a deep knowledge of Australian football …  I’m really happy that we got another Australian in the job, I’m sure he’s going to be successful, and look forward to working with him.”

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