J-League club Vegalta hires Arnold as coach

Japanese club Vegalta Sendai has hired former Australia coach

Graham Arnold as manager of the first division club.

Arnold becomes the first Australian-born coach to take over a

Japanese team.

Arnold had been mentioned as a candidate for head coach of

Australia after Holger Osieck was fired last month, but that went

to Melbourne Victory coach Ange Postecoglou.

The 50-year-old Arnold, who has been in charge at A-League club

Central Coast Mariners since 2010, will replace Makoto Teguramori,

who is stepping down at the end of this season to coach Japan’s

under-21 team.

Arnold was head coach of the Australian national team from

2007-08 after working on the coaching staff under Guus Hiddink.