Arnie to be unveiled as Socceroos boss
ONE of the worst-kept secrets in Australian football is set to be confirmed on Thursday when Graham Arnold is unveiled as the man to coach the Socceroos after the World Cup.
Hours after The Daily Telegraph revealed the imminent announcement, Football Federation Australia called a press conference for 1pm today at which chairman Steven Lowy will make it official. Ironically the news comes after Arnold's Sydney FC side lost to Kashima Antlers in the Asian Champions League on Wednesday night.
This afternoon Arnold will confirm his exit from the champions at the end of this season.
From August he will receive the Socceroos baton from Bert van Marwijk, the Dutchman appointed to oversee the World Cup in Russia, on what is expected to be a four-year deal up to and including the 2022 World Cup as well as the Asian Cup defence in January.
Arnold will leave Sydney as the dominant force locally, with a second Premier's Plate almost within reach after just two defeats in 22 A-League games this season.
It marks a return to the national team he coached for a year after the 2006 World Cup, after eight years coaching in the A-League.