Boyle buoyed by Arnold snub as Hibs approach Montgomery

Martin Boyle wants to help Graham Arnold complete some "unfinished business" with the Socceroos, after the Australia boss turned down the chance to coach the winger at Scottish club Hibernian.

Arnold revealed last week he had been in dialogue with Hibs, but rather than follow Ange Postecoglou’s path to Scotland he opted to remain in charge of Australia.

Arnold’s decision has had a flow-on effect, with Central Coast Mariners boss Nick Montgomery now emerging as one of the front-runners for the role.

Boyle, who is returning to the national team camp for the first time since missing the World Cup with an ACL injury, joked that he wouldn’t have been able to handle Arnold’s intensity on a daily basis.

"It’s obviously a massive job and he’s been linked with it, but it’s out of my pay grade," Boyle said from Dallas ahead of Sunday’s (AEDT) friendly with Mexico.

"I don’t deal with that side of things, if he was offered it that’s great for him but he enjoys what he does here.

"He feels he has some unfinished business, I’m happy to say he’s my coach on either side of things."

Pressed on the links that Montgomery could assume the role instead, Boyle said: "You obviously hear the whispers around and see social media.

"Obviously whoever is appointed to the job will do a great job and they will take it very seriously.

"I’m on national team duty now and that’s my main focus, so if anything is done then happy days.

"We have an interim manager who has done a great job and we had a great result on the weekend and I’ll asses that situation when I’m back at my club."

Arnold commended Boyle for his rapid return from the ACL injury on the eve of the World Cup which consigned the 30-year-old to be the team’s "Chief Vibes Officer".

Boyle, who also missed the 2019 Asian Cup with injury, and hopes he can keep himself fit and in form to ensure he makes the trip to Qatar in January four years later.

"Vibes manager is done, it was a good title to have but to have the boots back on is fantastic," Boyle said.

"I can’t be going into games worrying about injuries that have happening in the past.

"I’ve worked extremely hard and I’ve missed two major tournaments so touch wood that doesn’t happen and I can stay fit and healthy and make that tournament when it comes."

License this article

What is AAPNews?

For the first time, Australian Associated Press is delivering news straight to the consumer.

No ads. No spin. News straight-up.

Not only do you get to enjoy high-quality news delivered straight to your desktop or device, you do so in the knowledge you are supporting media diversity in Australia.

AAP Is Australia’s only independent newswire service, free from political and commercial influence, producing fact-based public interest journalism across a range of topics including politics, courts, sport, finance and entertainment.

What is AAPNews?
The Morning Wire

Wake up to AAPNews’ morning news bulletin delivered straight to your inbox or mobile device, bringing you up to speed with all that has happened overnight at home and abroad, as well as setting you up what the day has in store.

AAPNews Morning Wire
AAPNews Breaking News
Breaking News

Be the first to know when major breaking news happens.

Notifications will be sent to your device whenever a big story breaks, ensuring you are never in the dark when the talking points happen.

Focused Content

Enjoy the best of AAP’s specialised Topics in Focus. AAP has reporters dedicated to bringing you hard news and feature content across a range of specialised topics including Environment, Agriculture, Future Economies, Arts and Refugee Issues.

AAPNews Focussed Content
Subscription Plans

Choose the plan that best fits your needs. AAPNews offers two basic subscriptions, all billed monthly.

Once you sign up, you will have seven days to test out the service before being billed.

AAPNews Full Access Plan
Full Access
  • Enjoy all that AAPNews has to offer
  • Access to breaking news notifications and bulletins
  • Includes access to all AAPNews’ specialised topics
Join Now
AAPNews Student Access Plan
Student Access
  • Gain access via a verified student email account
  • Enjoy all the benefits of the ‘Full Access’ plan at a reduced rate
  • Subscription renews each month
Join Now
AAPNews Annual Access Plan
Annual Access
  • All the benefits of the 'Full Access' subscription at a discounted rate
  • Subscription automatically renews after 12 months
Join Now

AAPNews also offers enterprise deals for businesses so you can provide an AAPNews account for your team, organisation or customers. Click here to contact AAP to sign-up your business today.

Download the app
Download AAPNews on the App StoreDownload AAPNews on the Google Play Store