Mariners want to extend Arnold's contract

by AAP on Dec 30, 2011

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A-League leaders Central Coast Mariners want to extend coach Graham Arnold's contract amid speculation about possible interest from Sydney FC.

Mariners chairman Peter Turnbull said on Thursday he would meet with Arnold next week to discuss his future at the Gosford-based club and was confident of retaining him.

Arnold is contracted to the Mariners until the end of the 2012-2013 season.

He did not want to discuss a speculative story in the Sydney Morning Herald which suggested Arnold would be at the top of Sydney FC's wish list if coach Vitezslav Lavicka was sacked or decided to leave after this season.

"I have no response," Arnold said.

It would surely take a substantial offer to prise Arnold from the Mariners where he has built up a squad playing an attractive and successful brand of football without the pressure of big city scrutiny.

Turnbull believed he had a strong hand.

"Sydney have got a history of chopping and changing coaches where we have a history of stability," Turnbull said.

"We are looking at extending his (Arnold's) contract."