Graham Arnold odds and Guus Hiddink bets among next Australia manager tips
FootyOn’s next Australia manager tips highlight Graham Arnold odds and Guus Hiddink bets at the head of the market.
Although Australia have qualified for a fourth consecutive World Cup finals, the Socceroos head to Russia without the man who guided them there.
Greece-born coach Ange Postecoglou stood down following their intercontinental play-off victory over Honduras.
Four years in charge of his adopted country had “taken a toll” on Postecoglou, he explained after resigning.
The Socceroos are searching for a new boss to lead them at the World Cup in Russia, then, so who are the main candidates?
Well, a couple of the market leaders have been in charge before.
Read on as we reveal our next Australia manager tips.
Arnold odds head betting
Sydney FC boss Graham Arnold spent a decade in the Socceroos set-up from 2000 to 2010.
Although he was assistant boss for much of that period, he stepped up on an interim basis following the 2006 World Cup until Pim Verbeek was appointed at the end of 2007.
Arnold coached Australia in the 2007 Asian Cup – the first-ever occasion they made that tournament after switching confederations.
Since leaving his Socceroos backroom role seven years ago, he’s won the A-League with both Central Coast Mariners and Sydney.
Arnold odds head the next Australia boss betting at 2/1 with BetVictor.
As the reigning A-League Coach of the Year, he is the obvious domestic choice.
Hiddink bets respected
Guus Hiddink is the only former Socceroos manager to take them into the World Cup knockout phase.
He could call upon Premier League regulars then, but cannot do the same if returning now.
The Dutchman won eight of his 13 games at the helm between July 2005 and July 2006.
Under Hiddink, Australia were involved in two of the most controversial World Cup finals in history.
First, in a group stage game, top Premier League referee Graham Poll gave Croatia defender Josip Simunic three yellow cards.
Then, in their last 16 match with eventual World Cup winners Italy, the Socceroos conceded a highly contentious stoppage time penalty.
Hiddink’s coaching career is something of a mixed bag since, however.
While he took Russia to the Euro 2008 semi-finals and Chelsea to an FA Cup, spells with Turkey and his native Netherlands fell short of such high standards.
Hiddink bets command respect he and looks overpriced at 15/2 with Paddy Power to coach the Aussies at one more World Cup.
Other candidates at big prices
While it looks a two-horse race to become next Socceroos boss, an outsider landing the role is possible.
The Australian FA are taking their time with appointing a new manager, but it is 10/1 bar Arnold and Hiddink.
Western Sydney Wanderers coach Josep Gombau (10/1) is not long in the job, but was in charge of Barcelona’s youth team when Lionel Messi came through.
The Spaniard moved Down Under in 2013 and was Postecoglou’s assistant before returning to club management.
Ante Milicic replaced Gombau in that backroom role and is 12/1 (Paddy Power) to step up.
Australia women’s boss Alen Stajcic, meanwhile, is the same price to take on the men with BetVictor.
No-nonsense defensive stalwarts from the last Socceroos generation, Kevin Muscat and Tony Popovic are equal 14/1 chances with that firm.
Beyond those names are a number of managers with international experience:
- Italian coach Gianni De Biasi (14/1, Paddy Power) spent six years in charge of Albania, guiding them to Euro 2016.
- Jurgen Klinsmann (17/1, Paddy Power) has coached both Germany and the USA at World Cups.
- Laurent Blanc (22/1, Paddy Power) took France to the Euro 2012 quarter-finals before losing to eventual winners Spain.
- Bert van Marwijk (25/1, Betvictor) guided his native Netherlands to the 2010 World Cup final in South Africa and also secured qualification for next year’s tournament with Saudi Arabia.
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