Hiddink coaching cameo just that: Arnold

Graham Arnold won't ask Guus Hiddink along to the World Cup in Qatar despite the pair's successful Socceroos reunion in Brisbane.

Arnold assisted Hiddink when the Socceroos made the second stage of the 2006 World Cup, one of the highlights of Hiddink's incredible coaching career.

The Dutch favourite was invited back into camp for Thursday's game against New Zealand.

He sat on the bench as Arnold's assistant in a 1-0 defeat of New Zealand while regular sidekick Rene Meulensteen flew to Europe to scout World Cup rivals France and Denmark.

The pair held court in a pre-game press conference that stretched nearly 30 minutes, story-telling and jokes setting the scene before things got serious at Suncorp Stadium the following night.

Hiddink also took South Korea to the World Cup semi-finals but Arnold said the cameo would not extend beyond Brisbane.

“No; it was for the 100-year celebration (since Australia first played New Zealand), that's all,” Arnold said.

“He's made a big sacrifice to come out, my assistant's over there watching France and Denmark now.

“Guus has come out to help, wanted to be part of it, and that's it.”

New Zealand coach Danny Hay was frustrated not to emerge with at least a draw, telling reporters post-game Hiddink had told him their performance deserved at least that.

“He's being nice,” Arnold laughed off when told of Hay's remark.

“He (Hiddink) thought that we were too rushed at times, turning over possession, sometimes overplaying.

“But he thought we should have had one or two more goals.”

Australia will travel to New Zealand on Saturday for a return clash at Eden Park, the All Whites' first game on home soil in nearly five years.

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