A-League winning coach Graham Arnold claims he has turned down an approach from Sheffield United, calling the League One club “prehistoric”.
The 49-year-old former Australia boss, who won the A-League with the Central Coast Mariners last season, told the Australian that the Blades had interviewed him for their vacant position. But, after a video call which included United director and former manager Dave Bassett, Arnold said he had no hesitation in turning the job down.
He told the newspaper: “In all honesty, I didn’t have to think too long or too hard about it. It just wasn’t for me. Forget that the financial offer was quite poor, but I would have been taking three steps backwards in my development as a coach if I had gone. I walked out of the meeting with the club’s board and football director Dave Bassett, and said ‘Wow’. It just blew me away.
“Being one of the bigger lower league clubs, I was expecting a lot more in terms of how they wanted to develop as a club on the field.
“But they didn’t seem interested when I was talking about playing a short passing game and taking the football up another level. It was about smashing the ball long, working on set-pieces. . . it was prehistoric stuff. That’s not the way to develop a football team.”
United, who were play-off semi-final losers to Yeovil, sacked Danny Wilson with five games of last season to go and have been searching for a full-time replacement ever since.
Sheffield United were not available to comment.