Arnie inside! Graham Arnold will continue as Socceroos head coach

With the Socceroos facing one last chance to qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Football Australia have opted to keep Graham Arnold as head coach rather than lock down a temporary fix.

The news comes despite the Australian team’s failure to automatically qualify for the tournament after losing to Japan and then Saudi Arabia in a dead rubber.

The Socceroos finished third in Group B with four wins, three draws and three losses, missing out on a top two that would have earned the nation direct World Cup qualification.

The Socceroos will now face a one-game play-off against the United Arab Emirates in Doha on June 7. They must win it to move on to another play-off against fifth-ranked South American team Peru a week later.

Football Australia said it will continue to work closely with Arnold to ensure the Socceroos have the best possible preparation for the play-off stage.

“The Football Australia board felt it was important that we provide a stable environment and continue planning for the play-off phase given the very short time frame,” Football Australia chairman Chris said. Nikou.

“By confirming that Graham will remain as head coach of the Socceroos until the end of our World Cup campaign, it allows Graham, his support staff and the squad of players to move forward with certainty and without delay, to ensure the best possible preparation for the next qualification phase.

It was widely rumored that the FA looked at alternative options, but due to the short deadline for the Doha qualifiers, they decided to stick with Arnold.

Former Socceroos defender and Melbourne Victory manager Tony Popovic had been touted as a possible successor if Arnold was sacked, a move ex-internationals Luke Wilkshire and Archie Thompson both believe should have been made.

“Does he get the best out of the players? I do not know. I don’t think so,” Thompson told Network 10.

“It didn’t work and it still doesn’t work.”

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