Arnold commits to Central Coast

Central Coast Mariners can this afternoon confirm that Head Coach Graham Arnold has decided to continue his excellent work with the 2011/12 Hyundai A-League Premiers.

Central Coast Mariners can this afternoon confirm that Head Coach Graham Arnold has decided to continue his excellent work with the 2011/12 Hyundai A-League Premiers.

Indeed, Arnold has agreed to an extended, upgraded deal with the yellow and navy which will see the former Qantas Socceroos boss remain as mentor of the Mariners until the end of the 2013/14 Hyundai A-League season.

“It-s been a tough decision and I am hugely flattered by the interest I received from Sydney FC,” Arnold said this afternoon.

“I am very grateful to Gary Cole from Sydney who has been extremely professional, understanding and respectful throughout this process.”

“But two years ago I signed a three year contract with the Mariners, and I have decided to see that three year term out out of loyalty and respect of the players, Chairman, staff and supporters.”

“We had a fantastic season and it is a big incentive to compete in the AFC Champions League again next year.”

“Already my main focus is on recruitment for next season but also next week against Nagoya (Grampus) in Japan,” he concluded.

Central Coast Mariners Chairman, Mr Peter Turnbull, said: “The board, staff and players are all delighted that Graham has decided to continue his outstanding work at the club.”