EoS - 040518

Graham Arnold

Good luck to Graham Arnold on his appointment as coach of the Socceroos. He is one former player who has been fortunate to be involved in the game either in a national team or an A-League team his entire non-playing life - other than a few weeks in Japan that didn't work out. Here are the links to the various reports about his appointment. We reported it here also.

  • Arnold is not only the third former Socceroo (fourth if you count his first go) to become the coach of the team, but Ray Gatt reveals that Arnold is also the highest paid with a $1.4 million base salary plus bonuses. 
  • According to Michael Lynch, he's not the best coach in the world or even the most popular - and is well known for being "prickly" at times - but his A-League success means he deserves his chance. 
  • Tom Smithies also says he deserves his chance as the best Australian coach in terms of experience and success. 
  • A piece on Arnold's background 30 years ago as a part-time labourer and part-time footballer in the former NSL from Dom Bossi. 
  • Arnold joked that it felt like he had never left when walking into the office - pointing to his continuous involvement at a high level in the game. He is also already making the point that it will be "more difficult" to win the Asian Cup in the UAE than it was at home.
  • Arnold also says he's learned from his mistakes compared with his last time in the job, and the reporter states Arnold and Postecoglou are "good friends". But not good enough to be drinking buddies. 
  • If you're going to read only one recent article about Graham Arnold, make it this one by Simon Hill.  

Craig Moore

Well done Craig Moore. His legal team has extracted a public apology from Brisbane Roar for the blame attributed to him re the so-called 'jersey-gate' affair. It's good to see Moore able to afford to defend himself in this regard; others don't have the same resources to draw on. Moore's lawyer, Tim Fuller, criticised both Brisbane Roar and the FFA for their handling of the situation - though it's no surprise. 

“The conduct of the Roar throughout this matter has been less than adequate. As the governing body, the FFA demonstrated a reluctance to intervene and hold the Roar to account for their conduct,” Fuller said.“This situation has demonstrated that an employee can be ‘hung out to dry’ by their A-League employer – and the governing body displays a reluctance to step in and take action. Clearly, (that’s) not acceptable for any sport in this country.”

A-League 

Today's Football Confidential is interesting not so much for its A-League news (good to see they, like us, picked up the point re Greg Griffin and the Adelaide United sale), but the fact that someone in FFA is apparently taking the word of a Russian football official for granted. On a recent inspection of the ice rink in Kazan - that is actually the Australian squad's training HQ - FFA inquired whether the grass was being protected. The Russian official said 'no problems' or the equivalent thereof. One would think that FFA had learned their lesson about Russian promises by now ... if not, read Whatever It Takes - the Inside Story of the FIFA Way by Bonita Mersiades or, failing that, even google 'Mutko, Russia, doping, trust'.

Adelaide United

  • Burundi-born, early childhood in Tanzania, and the past ten years in Adelaide, 17-year-old Pacifique Niyongabire signed a 2.5 year scholarship contract with Adelaide United this week.  

Sydney FC

  • Where to next for Sydney FC? Well, they're looking for a new coach and expect to make an appointment by the end of May - as we also reported here
  • Ray Gatt says it will be a highly sought after job (one hesitates, for the sake of the new guy, to call it a gig) with local candidates likely to include incumbent assistant Steve Corica, Tony and Aurelio Vidmar, Paul Okon and Jean Paul de Marigny. Amongst the foreign A-League coaches, Gatt says Kurz is also a possibility. 

Wellington Phoenix

The perennial coaching bridesmaid at Wellington Phoenix, Chris Greenacre, gets his third stint as stand-in coach in the past five years. Why don't they just appoint him full time and be done with it?!

Matildas

The news is now more than 24 hours old, but here's a match report of the Matildas 2-1 loss to Portugal in the 3/4 play-off of the Algarve Cup. 


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