Arnold extends Mariners contract
2013 Hyundai A-League Championship winning coach Graham Arnold has extended his deal with the Central Coast Mariners for a further two seasons.
Central Coast Mariners have announced that 2013 Hyundai A-League Championship winning coach Graham Arnold has extended his deal with the Club for a further two seasons.
Arnold-s new contract at the Mariners ensures he will remain as Head Coach of the men from Bluetongue Stadium until the completion of the Hyundai A-League 2015/16 campaign.
With his medium term future settled, the astute Arnold explained that he is excited by the challenge to bring continued success to the Mariners and develop a new wave of Australia-s best young professionals.
“When I first came to the Club we had a three-year plan that we wanted to implement,” Arnold said. “That three-year plan culminated in our Grand Final win last season, and the departure of an exciting batch of bright young players to overseas Clubs. I am extremely proud of the boys we-ve developed and are now playing abroad.”
“Now I am excited by the challenge to continue to be successful in the Hyundai A-League and AFC Champions League while we groom more future Australian national teams representatives.”
Arnold admitted that his ambition to coach overseas had not changed, however he will only depart the Mariners when the right opportunity presents itself.
“I love this Club and love living on the Coast,” he said. “However at some point I do want to test myself abroad and implement what I have learnt throughout my coaching career at the highest level possible.”
“But right now there is no other Club that offers me the chance to work in such a positive environment with a great group of players and staff.”
“When I first came to the Club we had 17 different training pitches in a season. Now we have our own training complex that is second to none in the competition. I truly believe there are exciting times ahead at the Mariners.”
“I recently bought a property on the Coast so that should highlight how committed I am to continuing my work and being successful with the Club,” Arnold concluded.