NAC Breda in the Dutch second division is more than likely the club that sounded out Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold after their manager Robert Maaskant was sacked.
Arnold played 63 games and scored 35 goals during a two-year stint at the club in the mid-90s.
They are currently sixth on the Eerste Divisie table.
Dutch Journalist Bart van Dooijeweert told FourFourTwo that Arnold garnered a lot of votes on a NAC supporter’s website poll but he was not the only candidate for the manager’s job.
“Marinus Dijkhuizen seems to be the first candidate for the NAC-job,” van Dooijeweert said. “Arnold may be an option for NAC indeed, but Dijkhuizen seems their first choice.”
Dijkhuizen, who was sacked by English Championship club Brentford last month, also managed Eerste Divisie side S.B.V. Excelsior from 2013-2015.
Before the first round of the A-League season Arnold’s agent Tony Rallis revealed that a president of one of his former clubs from his playing days in Netherlands or Belgium recently made contact.
Arnold’s first stint coaching overseas ended early with J.League outfit Vegalta Sendai and the title-winning coach agreeing to a mutual termination.
The 52-year-old told FourFourTwo in pre-season: “I chose to leave because I couldn’t adjust to the culture and I couldn’t coach the way I wanted to coach because I couldn’t communicate and so that made it difficult.
“But everyone learns lessons. I never thought I’d come back to such a great club as Sydney FC. It’s a fantastic club, I enjoy every day working at the club. It’s an honour to here.”
It would be a huge blow for Sydney FC to lose the former Socceroos coach who has rejuvenated the Sky Blues.
Known for his man management style Arnold is close to his players.
Prior to 2015/16 kick-off Sydney FC captain Alex Brosque said that he was looking forward to the impact Arnold would have on the club in his second season.
“When Arnie first came here 12 months ago it was about rebuilding a club,” he said.
“For him it was a hard job. He had to get the team playing a certain style as well as rebuilding the club itself. It was a lot of hard work for him and I think we didn’t see the fruits of that until probably when we came out in the second half of the season.
“This year he already has a standard that he expects from everybody. He’s excited. I think the fact that last year it took a while to get to where he wanted, I think now there are no excuses. There is nothing else, it’s all about hitting the ground running from round one.”comments