After weeks of speculation, it seems as though the most likely destination for former Central Coast Mariners and Vegalta Sendai head coach Graham Arnold will be the harbour city after the Newcastle Jets pulled out of the running for the ex-Socceroo front man.
In a statement released this morning, the Jets motioned that although a number of preliminary talks had been held, and a lucrative offer tabled, the club could not agree to terms with Arnold and would thus no longer negotiate for his services.
Arnold was believed to be intrigued by the prospect of working with a number of youth internationals at the Jets, continuijng his work that saw him acclaimed as a master with the young and inexperienced players on the Central Coast, however this writer believes that Arnold's strong links to the Gosford club made it difficult for the former gaffer to put pen to paper with the Mariners most arch enemy.
It now seems most likely that Arnold will be Sky Blue by next week after Sydney FC sacked embattled coach Frank Farina. The club are also interested in a new international marquee after Italian Alessandro Del Piero called time on his Australian stay after a two year spell with the Sydney side, but for now are focused on assigning a head coach before looking into the playing roster. This is despite offers reportedly coming in from the New Zealand national side and a heavyweight of the Asian football confederation, however the latter is not yet confirmed.