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No Cahill means new tactics, search for youth for Australia's Arnold

14:40 09-08-2018
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 Finding a replacement for the retired Tim Cahill and changing the tactics to produce more goal scoring options will be the key objectives of new Australia coach Graham Arnold ahead of the Socceroos' Asian Cup defence in January, Euronews reports.

Former Sydney FC coach Arnold was appointed to the role in March, but was scheduled to take the job after the World Cup in Russia where Dutchman Bert van Marwijk was in charge.

Van Marwijk held the reins in Russia as part of a short-term deal struck in the wake of Ange Postecoglou's shock resignation in November after securing the team's qualification via an intercontinental playoff.

Arnold's first major assignment will be to plot the side's defence of its Asian Cup title in the United Arab Emirates next January but he has to do so without Cahill, who retired from international soccer after the World Cup.

"Timmy's a legend of the game and we have the utmost respect for Timmy and what he did for the country but football's not about one person," Arnold told reporters on Thursday.

"The way we played was very heavily reliant on Timmy to score those goals and I will do that differently.

"It's about getting the right environment but also on the field, getting the key men on the ball, getting players into goalscoring opportunities, getting numbers in the box to score."