The banter between Newcastle Jets and Sydney FC has continued ahead of Saturday’s NSW derby with Sky Blues coach Graham Arnold “thanking” his counterpart for giving him tactical advice.
On Wednesday, Jets coach Scott Miller, the youngest manager in the league, told an audience of around 250 guests from the business community in Newcastle that Sydney FC should play with a higher press, given the players at the disposal of coach Arnold.
It brought out a swift but wickedly humorous response from Arnold who took to his club’s official website to take a gentle jibe back at the former Fulham assistant coach.
“It’s good to see a young coach coming in, and we have to respect what Scott’s doing, he’s the most successful coach in A-League history at the moment,” Arnold said, referring to the Jets’ Round 1 win in Wellington.
“I have to say it’s a nice gesture from Scott to give me some advice.
"I’ve been coaching now for 15-20 years and it’s the first time an opposition coach has given me advice before a game and we’ll definitely have a look at what he’s talking about.”
Arnold admitted he had thought over what the Jets’ coach had to say about his tactics.
“We’re listening and we’ve been here for a long time.
"Scotty’s coming in and he’s doing a fantastic job up in Newcastle, you can see by how they played last week that they’re on target to potentially be the dark horse of the competition,” continued Arnold.
“It’s great advice. As I said, before a game you don’t normally get advice from opposition coaches. It’s fantastic and we’ll take it on board.”
The banter will only add spice to what is looming as a blockbuster in Newcastle on Saturday (KO 5.15pm) with a crowd of between 10,000-12,000 tipped for Hunter Stadium.
Meanwhile Arnold added he may not risk star attacker Filip Holosko due to a hamstring complaint while defender Alex Gersbach is back in contention.
The Jets will be missing captain Nigel Boogaard due to suspension.
Catch the match live on Fox Sports 4, listen live on ABC Grandstand.