Arnold unveils new Socceroos coaching team; announces he will also coach the Olyroos

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    Graham Arnold has completed his first press conference as coach of Australia’s national football side, with the biggest news being that he and his newly-introduced assistants will also coach the under-23 Olyroos team.

    Claiming to have asked roughly ten members of Australia’s 2006 World Cup – “the golden generation” – about the most important part of their development, he said the resounding reply was consistency in coaching from their under-23 level to their fully fledged professional careers.

    The former Mariners and Sydney FC coach stressed the dual appointment wouldn’t distract him from his ultimate goal of leading Australia to the next World Cup, where he said he’s “expecting to win games”.

    Of the newly-unveiled assistants, René Meulensteen is the most prolific name of the bunch, with the Dutch assistant having previously been Sir Alex Ferguson’s right-hand man during the Manchester United. He has long been lauded as one of Cristiano Ronaldo’s most important early influences.

    Joining Arnold at the helm of the Socceroos will be Andrew Clark, his sports science coordinator from Sydney FC, physiotherapy coordinator Phil Coles, who performed the same role during Arnold’s previous stint as Socceroos coach, and senior technical analyst Doug Kors.

    Arnold paid tribute to Australia’s most recent coaches, Ange Postecoglou and Bert van Marwijk, saying they had both been “great” for the team, while declaring himself as being “in between” the two in terms of coaching style.

    The new head coach was bullish about Australia’s future at several times in the press conference, claiming the country had the same calibre of players as many of the world’s top nations.

    Citing South Korea and Japan’s strong World Cup performances he said there was no reason Australia – current AFC champions – couldn’t match those efforts in Qatar.

    “Everyone talked about our commitment [being] great and the discipline [being] great – that’s the least I expect,” he said.

    “When you put on that green and gold shirt which, for me, is the most powerful shirt in the world of sport … that’s the least expected [of you]. Then it comes down to what’s next.”

    Arnold’s first big test will be in January, when Socceroos will defend their Asian Cup title.

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    • August 9th 2018 @ 11:56am
      Lionheart said | August 9th 2018 @ 11:56am | ! Report

      I wish him well.

      • Columnist

        August 9th 2018 @ 11:59am
        Stuart Thomas said | August 9th 2018 @ 11:59am | ! Report

        One thing about Arnie is that he will always talk the talk.

    • Roar Guru

      August 9th 2018 @ 12:02pm
      Griffo said | August 9th 2018 @ 12:02pm | ! Report

      Wishing the team a successful period under Arnold.

      High expectations for Asian Cup defence is a given.

    • August 9th 2018 @ 12:32pm
      Midfielder said | August 9th 2018 @ 12:32pm | ! Report

      He is the best we have at present so I wish him well and I like he will take both squads.

    • August 9th 2018 @ 2:04pm
      Kangas said | August 9th 2018 @ 2:04pm | ! Report

      How about announcing some Socceroos friendly

    • Roar Guru

      August 9th 2018 @ 2:15pm
      Griffo said | August 9th 2018 @ 2:15pm | ! Report

      Interesting to see how Arnold goes with the Olyroos this time around.

      Also whether the likes of Arzani will make the squad for qualifiers, or Arnold to make do with players outside of a group that are willing to be released by their clubs.

    • Roar Rookie

      August 9th 2018 @ 2:39pm
      Waz said | August 9th 2018 @ 2:39pm | ! Report

      I’ve no problem with Arnie holding both roles at the same time, it seems everyone at the FFA is having to do two jobs at the moment anyway, but it does deprive another coach of much needed development exierience. In future would it be better if the part-time Olyroos role were performed by a young Australian HAL Coach?

      • August 9th 2018 @ 3:30pm
        Fadida said | August 9th 2018 @ 3:30pm | ! Report

        Is there an appropriate candidate though?

        • Roar Rookie

          August 9th 2018 @ 5:31pm
          Waz said | August 9th 2018 @ 5:31pm | ! Report

          Poppa and Aloisi are really the only two candidates in the current mob.

          • August 9th 2018 @ 7:07pm
            Nemesis said | August 9th 2018 @ 7:07pm | ! Report

            Aloisi? Why? What’s he achieved as a coach?

            And, Kevin Muscat has been more successful in ALeague than Popovic. If there’s a natural successor it will be Kevin Muscat.

            • August 9th 2018 @ 7:35pm
              Oldpsyco said | August 9th 2018 @ 7:35pm | ! Report

              With muscat’s record I wouldn’t want him coaching my kids!
              Should never have been given a coaching licence.

              • August 12th 2018 @ 9:33am
                Wotdoo said | August 12th 2018 @ 9:33am | ! Report

                He seems to have done a pretty good job. And p Olle always speak highly of him in regards to coaching and your usernames suggests you know something g about him.

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