Glory have Arnold in sights
Glory have Arnold in sights

Former Socceroos boss Graham Arnold has emerged as a candidate for the Perth Glory coaching position next season after parting ways with J-League club Vegalta Sendai.

Arnold joined the Japanese side five months ago but decided to leave after a winless start to his tenure, citing concerns about the attitude and age of his squad.

_The West Australian _understands Glory had been aware of Arnold's concerns in Japan for at least a fortnight and were monitoring the situation.

Perth chief executive Jason Brewer has been in regular contact with Arnold since Vegalta Sendai secured the services of Glory goalkeeper Danny Vukovic in a loan deal six weeks ago.

Brewer said Arnold was not on the short list of six candidates compiled by the advisory committee set up to find a new Glory coach.

But the committee - which features Brewer, former Socceroos goalkeeper Mark Bosnich and Glory board members - yesterday began looking into the possibility of hiring Arnold, who guided Central Coast to the A-League championship last season.

"Clearly it would be remiss of us not to consider him for the role, even given how far down the track we are," Brewer said.

"He's got a fantastic track record, he's a proven coach and he had big success at Central Coast.

"That's the sort of success that we're looking to achieve here."

Glory are one of at least three A-League clubs who could be looking for a coach.

Sydney FC coach Frank Farina faces an uncertain future and Newcastle Jets are yet to guarantee interim coach Clayton Zane a permanent position.

Arnold, who was the first Australian-born coach in the J-League, said he had no regrets about his time in Japan.

"In the end, it was genuinely a decision that we arrived at together," he told SBS.

"Things weren't working with the changes we'd liked to have made and we agreed to part ways.

"Despite the way things ended I walk away with my head held high and I feel I've become a better coach and a better person."

Meanwhile, Glory are likely to finalise the sale of teen prodigy Daniel De Silva to Italian Serie A giants AS Roma this week.

The deal would involve De Silva being loaned back to Glory until the end of next season and would break the A-League transfer record, set when Rostyn Griffiths was sold by Central Coast to Chinese club Guangzhou R&F for $1.3 million in 2012.

De Silva, who is believed to have agreed personal terms with Roma, played a small role off the bench in Glory's win over Central Coast last week.

He will be included in the squad for Glory's final game of the season, against Sydney FC at Allianz Stadium on Sunday.

"Clearly it would be remiss of us not to consider him for the role …""Perth Glory chief executive *Jason Brewer * on Graham Arnold * *

The West Australian

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