Central Coast Mariners’ Arnold excited ahead of A-League opener

New Central Coast Mariners coach Graham Arnold is eagerly anticipating the kick-off for the 2010/11 A-League season.
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New Central Coast Mariners coach Graham Arnold is eagerly anticipating the kick-off for the 2010/11 A-League season.

Arnold’s Mariners meet new club Melbourne Heart at AAMI Park tonight and the man who took the reins from Lawrie McKinna is jumping out of his skin for the real stuff to begin.

“There’s no nerves, only excitement,'' he said. ''It's a new chapter in my life, and I can't tell you how much I'm looking forward to it.

''If there were nerves, it would be because I was putting pressure on myself. But I'm not. I don't like to gloat, or talk about myself, but everything I've done over the last decade I'm proud of.

''I don't feel I have anything to prove. The people who have worked with me, they know what I've done. They're the ones to judge. What have I learned in that time? Everything.''

And Arnold made his intentions clear on what he plans to do on an historic day for the Heart.

''I know it's a historic day for Melbourne Heart, but we're not here to be part of the party, we're here to spoil it,'' he added.