Arnold leaves Central Coast Mariners for Vegalta Sendai

Central Coast Mariners have announced that head coach Graham Arnold has departed for Japan.

Central Coast Mariners have announced that head coach Graham Arnold has departed for Japan.

The 50-year old has signed a two-year deal with J.League club Vegalta Sendai, travelling to Japan on Thursday, and will start his new role in January.

Arnold, who led the Mariners to the 2012/13 A-League championship, said he was grateful to the Gosford club but was looking forward to a new chapter in his coaching career.

“Together at the Mariners we have achieved a lot over the past three seasons,” Arnold said. “But just like players I have the determination and drive to coach at the highest level I possibly can.

“Naturally, this opportunity with Vegalta Sendai excites me. The J-League is an amazing competition with quality players, highly professional clubs, and passionate fans. I hope to help Sendai achieve success, and help pave the way for more Australian coaches to work in top leagues around the world.”

The Mariners, currently fifth on the A-League table, have appointed Arnold’s former assistant Jim Moss as the new head coach at the Bluetongue Stadium.

 
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