Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold.
Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold. JULIAN SMITH

Arnold has a laugh about Tassie reports

FOOTBALL: Graham Arnold has laughed off reports he could be the boss of an A-League expansion club in Tasmania.

He didn't exactly rule it out down the track but laughed when asked about rumours circulating he was in talks with the possible new outfit.

"I've always wanted to coach outside of Australia, Tasmania might be a good start,” he joked.

Arnold is believed to be close to renewing his contract with the Sky Blues, who are six points clear at the top of the A-League after 10 games ahead of Saturday night's tough trip to play the Glory in Perth.

Tasmania's group has already reportedly taken steps to establish a proposed football department but Arnold said his focus was on his current job.

"It's a couple of years away, it's something I really haven't thought about,” he said.

"Again, I'm a Sydney boy and I'm happy at Sydney FC.

"You always get the phone calls from agents and other clubs, but for me it's about being happy in my life and in my job, and I'm extremely happy here.”

Arnold has also been linked with Dutch outfit NAC Breda and fellow A-League club Melbourne City, with incumbent coach John van't Schip seemingly set to return to Holand at the end of this season.

But the 53-year-old said he had been "talking and communicating very well” with Sydney officials about re-signing.

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