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‘Arnie’ to coach Socceroos after World Cup

Sydney: Graham Arnold will take over as Australia coach after the World Cup, replacing Dutchman Bert van Marwijk who was hired on a short-term basis to guide the team in Russia, football officials announced on Thursday.

The Sydney FC coach was one of the main candidates to replace Ange Postecoglou, who quit in November after the Socceroos beat Honduras in an intercontinental play-off to qualify for Russia 2018.

But "Arnie", a former Socceroos caretaker boss, wanted to see out his contract with the A-League side and ruled himself out of contention.  

Instead Van Marwijk, who took the Netherlands to the 2010 World Cup final, was appointed in January on a five-month contract.

"Arnie is clearly in our opinion the best person for the job, not just the best Australian but the best person for the job," said Football Federation Australia chairman Steven Lowy, in announcing his four-year deal.

"His pedigree as a footballer and as a coach of the Socceroos themselves some years ago, but his success more recently with both the Central Coast Mariners and Sydney FC has clearly given Arnie the right to be put forward for the job."

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