Australia manager Graham Arnold won’t be taking charge of Hibernian any time soon, according to a report.
The Sydney Morning Herald has quoted Australian FA chairman Chris Nikou as insisting Arnold would be “expected” to honour his contract.
”He’s got a contract and he would be expected to honour it. He’s only just been appointed. We would expect him to honour his obligations to us,” Nikou said, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.
It had been reported by ESPN that Arnold was interested in taking the reins at Easter Road – once the Neil Lennon mess is resolved.
Arnold has been in charge of the Socceroos for six months after replacing Bert van Marwijk.
His club record as a manager is fantastic, leading Central Coast Mariners to a 2013 A-League Grand Final success before two trophy-laden years with Syndey FC.
He has a solid CV but Arnold wouldn’t be the obvious pick to replace Lennon.
With Hibs struggling to make the top-six in the Premiership, they need someone to come in and steady things.
Arnold has absolutely no experience of British football and would be a massive gamble for the Easter Road board.
Much will depend on the outcome of Lennon’s suspension but Arnold is unlikely to be in the running.
The comments from the Oz FA just back that up and there will be better candidates.
After Australia’s poor showing in the recent Asian Cup, he’s not exactly put himself in prime position anyway.