Graham Arnold’s extravagant wage demands prompted managerless Sheffield United to end their dialogue with the Central Coach Mariners coach.
Sources in Australia told The Star last night that Arnold, who yesterday labelled United “prehistoric” during an outspoken and potentially ill-judged attack, wanted around £500,000 per year plus bonuses to take charge at Bramall Lane.
The 49-year-old is also believed to have requested an automatic pay rise if they gained promotion under his stewardship.
United, who hope to appoint Danny Wilson successor before the Football League’s summer conference begins in Portugal later this week, unveiled plans to become a sustainable business after being condemned to another season in English football’s third tier last month.
Arnold’s words could place the relationship between United and Mariners, which recently culminated in Nick Montgomery being transfered to Bluetongue Stadium, under severe strain.
Other candidates hoping to replace Wilson at the helm, which include Port Vale coach Robert Page and Chris Morgan, are scheduled to hold further talks with United’s hierarchy over the course of the next 72 hours.
This newspaper understands that, despite being impressed by Arnold’s credentials, at no stage did United formally invite him to replace Wilson at the helm.
Meanwhile, former United and Scotland international midfielder Barry Robson is poised to join Aberdeen.