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Leeds' Kilkenny slates Arnold

Leeds midfielder Neil Kilkenny has slammed former Australia U23 coach Graham Arnold over his treatment during the Olympics. "The manager promised me certain things but went against his word," Kilkenny told the Bradford Telegraph & Argus. "Australia have had a few games lately but I am not concentrating on that. I want to get promoted [from League One] with Leeds, so that is the priority.

"My form has been up and down this season, partly because my confidence was knocked a bit when I went away to the Olympics in the summer and didn't play as often as I wanted."

The 22-year-old - who shunned England and Ireland to play for Australia - said he believed Arnold was not frank with people at Leeds, and was particularly frustrated at how his fitness dropped off during the Beijing campaign.

"Pre-season is important, and the Australian manager told me we were going to have a really strong, hard pre-season, but the hardest I worked was when I came back to Leeds for a week," he said. "I worked harder in that week than I did for six to eight weeks with Graham Arnold, which is another thing that really annoyed me about him.

"I am a big confidence player, and hopefully I can get a run of form going because I feel I have been trying to catch up on my fitness since coming back from the Olympics."

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