The 54-year-old led Australia to a disappointing quarter-final exit at the regional showpiece held in Southeast Asia 11 years ago and drew criticism after publicly questioning his squad's motivation. "I learnt a hell of a lot from my mistakes in 2007. I can't hide from the fact of that. But I know that I'm a completely different person today, 10 years on," the former Socceroos striker told reporters in Sydney Thursday. "I've learnt so much in the last 10 years and I've had such good mentors so if I have any issues I can speak to those types of people, and at the same time you never stop learning." Replaced as head coach by another Dutchman in Pim Verbeek in 2007, Arnold remained on board as an assistant through Australia's next World Cup qualification phase and their appearance at the 2010 finals in South Africa. Arnold, who scored 19 goals in 56 appearances for the Socceroos in the 1980s and 90s, then kicked off a hugely successful coaching career at club level, turning the underdog Central Coast Mariners into A-League champion in 2012-13.
Graham Arnold's @ALeague coaching record: 205 games (2nd most) 111 wins (2nd most) 54.2% win percentage (best) 81.5% undefeated percentage (best) 4 Grand Finals (most) 2 Premierships (2011-12 & 2016-17) 2 Championships (2012-13 & 2016-17)#GoSocceroos— Fox Sports Lab (@FoxSportsLab) March 8, 2018