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Arnie has 2 games to save his Socceroos tenure, failure will never be forgotten

Graham Arnold is a top class A-League manager, he has won the competition with both Central Coast and Sydney FC being the catalyst for both clubs success, at the first he worked wonders on a shoestring, at the second he took the Sky Blues to another level sweeping all before him from what had been a club starved of success for an age.

Few begrudged him the reins of the Socceroos, there were no other obvious candidates domestically and the FFA were not about to cough up the funds for a foreign manager. It is a bit rough to say he got the job by default but he seriously was head and shoulders above anyone else.

90 disjointed minutes and a media storm over Rogic later and Graham Arnold is staring at having his coaching legacy tarnished irreparably, the next game against Palestine, itself not a recognised nation-state, is simply a must win.

It should be a game we win with ease, that said our record in the gulf is deplorable and Palestine are riding high after earning a point against our old foes Syria, a team we failed to beat in 90 minutes either home or away in the playoffs for the World Cup.

We are no certainties to win either match and should we fail to get out of our group, then Arnold’s reign will be over just months after it began. There can be no forgiving a cup defence whereby two 3rd placed teams get into the round of 16 and we fail to make the knockouts.

A country where the majority of its population are refugees has beaten us, we are now coming up against a country that doesn’t yet exist and then finishing off against a country which has spent the best past of the last decade blowing itself to pieces, if we can’t beat these teams then truly Arnold must go.

As we take the field vs Palestine, this will be a massive occasion for them up against the defending champions fresh after earning a point against a team that was 6th best in the continent during the World Cup qualifications.

Nothing can be taken for granted, we must show our class and overcome them or for all of his A-League achievements, Arnie will forever be remembered as the man who took Australia to the Asian Cup twice and failed. 


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