Graham Arnold: Sydney FC are the biggest and best

Graham Arnold has declared that Sydney FC are the biggest and best club in the A-League and that he has the biggest challenge in the league. 

Arnold joined as coach of Sydney FC in May after an un-successful stint at Vegalta Sendai in Japan's J.League. 

The 51-year-old had previously been at the Central Coast Mariners where he took out the 2012-13 Championship.

In an interview with Mike Cockerill in the Sydney Morning Herald, Arnold declared he has already fallen in love with the Sky Blues. 

"I believe I'm at the biggest and best club," Arnold said.

"I believe that I've got the biggest challenge. Whether it proves to be the best job, well I'm hoping so. I'm happy here, I've fallen in love with the club quickly. There's a lot of good things going on around the club. So far it's been fantastic."

Arnold was approached by Sydney FC a few years ago but turned down the offer with the club enduring a tumultous period at the time. 

"Everything is about timing," he said. "I never thought I'd come back to Sydney after my stint in Japan. It's just the timing was right.

"Last time I was talking to Sydney, they didn't have a CEO, I never got to meet the chairman [Scott Barlow] or the board. This time the way they went about it was totally different.

"I met Tony Pignata [CEO], Scott and the board. The amount of players they had off contract, the amount of places that were open, I could have a big imprint on the squad."

Arnold revealed he has been making changes to improve the culture within the team.

"I'm big on team-building, team culture, but I'm also big on no excuses for the players," Arnold said.

"You provide them with the best of everything, all the resources, all they have to do is turn up and perform.

"They'll get all the analysis from Rado [Vidosic], they'll get all the conditioning from Andrew Clark, they'll get all the man-management and leadership off me.

"They get paid well, we're putting in a gym so they don't have to leave the facility. We've reopened the kitchen, we've got a chef, they'll get great food after every session.

"We want them to feel Macquarie is like home. When they drive over that bridge, we want them to leave their egos behind. They come into the car park and it's all about mateship and the team.

"Bring the mentality of hard work every day, that's what I ask for, and that's what I expect."

The former Socceroo coach also appealed to the Sydney FC fans to help make Allianz Stadium a fortress. 

"The Cove, from day one, has set the bar for supporters," Arnold said. "They're never going to be happy when we lose, but I can guarantee I won't be happy either.

"I will give 110 per cent to make sure we're successful, and playing good football. It won't be for lack of trying.

"All good supporters around the world are like a 12th man. We have to make the stadium a fortress. That's my appeal to the fans."

As for short-term goals Arnold says Asian Champions League qualification is the target.

"We're a big club, the fans have ambition, the board has ambition, I'm an ambitious person," he said. "Success is everything. It's going to be a big challenge, but I truly believe we have the quality to go a long way."

In regards to his long-term goals, Arnold said: "I want to be at this club for 10 years, and I mean that."