Graham Arnold to coach Australia national team after 2018 World Cup

Football Federation Australia (FFA) has appointed Graham Arnold to succeed Dutchman Bert van Marwijk as the national team coach after 2018 World Cup.

Arnold will look to guide Sydney FC to the A-League title before departing at the end of the season in May to start a four-year tenure with the Socceroos.

This is the second stint for Arnold in the coaching role of Socceroos. He led the national team for a year after Guus Hiddink stepped down after the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

His first major assignment is to defend Australia’s Asian Cup title in the United Arab Emirates in January 2019. During his first spell, Arnold faced harsh criticism following the disappointing quarter-final exit of Australia team at the Asian showpiece in 2007.

Meanwhile, Van Marwijk will hold the reins in Russia as the short-term replacement after Ange Postecoglou quit the job last November.