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Arnold locked in for four more years

Graham Arnold has signed on to remain the coach of the Socceroos until the end of 2026.

Arnold's extension comes after Australia's best finish at a men's World Cup finishing 11th.

The 59-year-old reportedly knocked back offers from clubs across Europe but has elected to remain in the national role.

Arnold said that the immense pride and sense of achievement he felt in Qatar could never be matched.

"The hunger to continue in the role has never been stronger, and I know I have more to give to the Socceroos' program and Australian football, where I want to deliver more smiles for our fans, as we did in Qatar.

"I approach the next four years with a clean sheet, which is underpinned by a burning ambition to provide more opportunities to our leading emerging and established talent, whilst challenging for major titles, starting with the AFC Asian Cup in Qatar next year."

"I'm hugely passionate about our pathways and ensuring we are not only producing more elite talent through a connected pyramid, but making sure those footballers are getting the right opportunities to fulfil their dreams, [whether] it's here in Australia or overseas."

Australia is expected to rise to number 27 in the world off the back of Qatar their best FIFA world ranking since 2012.



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