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Central Coast Mariners boss Arnold rejects Sheffield United

Graham Arnold has revealed that he has turned down an offer from English League One club Sheffield United.

The Central Coast Mariners head coach was approached by football director Dave Bassett regarding the vacant position at Bramall Lane but said the Blades' lack of plans for development for the future made his decision very easy.

"In all honesty, I didn't have to think too long or too hard about it. It just wasn't for me," said the former Australia boss.

"Forget that the financial offer in itself was quite poor, but I would have been taking three steps backwards in my development as a professional coach if I had gone.

"I walked out of that meeting with the club's board and football director Dave Bassett, and said 'wow'. It just blew me away.

"Being one of the bigger lower league clubs, I was expecting a lot more in terms of how they wanted to develop as a club on the field.

"But they just didn't seem interested when I was talking about playing a short passing game and taking the football another level up. It was about smashing the ball long and working on set-pieces.

"It was prehistoric stuff. That's not the way to develop a football team."

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Andrew Slevison
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