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New Central Coast coach Arnold plans to step up professionalism

New Central Coast Mariners head coach Graham Arnold plans to change things at the club in an attempt to get them back to the summit of the A-League.

The Mariners fell behind the eight ball in the 2009/10 season but after inheriting the job from Lawrie McKinna (who will stay on in a new role at the club), Arnold plans to up the ante in regards to being professional and preparing to play in Australia's top flight.

"The players have already been told that there will be big changes in the professionalism of the club," Arnold said.

"Obviously there's the training fields [at the Mariners' new academy complex], but it extends to having a social room where the players will all eat breakfast and lunch together every day.

"They'll train twice a day and have plenty of video analysis, and I'm giving the opportunity to go to another level of professionalism. If they don't want to come with me they can go to another club.

"It's harder to change the older players' views so I'm looking to bring in some young boys, to get it into them early so it becomes natural."

The former Socceroos assistant also said the days of boring Mariners football are gone as he intends to use his extensive years of experience to good use.

"The crowd want to see a spectacle, good attacking football, and that's what I want to bring to the Mariners," he said. "I need to get some good quality players in for that, the sort of players fans will be talking about in the street and wanting to come to watch.

"In the past, tactically it's been a case of when you get possession, always going forward, but if you do that too quickly you can lose your attacking shape.

"There'll be an emphasis on keeping possession, on keeping shape and the transition, so we'll have a lot of tactical sessions."

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