Wolves coach Arrarte looks at options

Coach Nahuel Arrarte leaves the South Coast Wolves happy with what he and assistant Michael Santalab have achieved at the club. Picture: CHRISTOPHER CHAN

Coach Nahuel Arrarte leaves the South Coast Wolves happy with what he and assistant Michael Santalab have achieved at the club. Picture: CHRISTOPHER CHAN

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Departing Wolves coach Nahuel Arrarte said he couldn't be happier with his time at the club, despite falling agonisingly short in the FFA Cup on Wednesday night.

South Coast were bundled out in the round of 32 1-0 by the Central Coast Mariners in front of a healthy crowd at WIN Stadium in the first-year gaffer's final game in charge.

Arrarte said earlier this month that he would be leaving the club at season's end with assistant coach Michael Santalab.

South Coast are yet to officially appoint a replacement and Arrarte is still to commit elsewhere.

"We will reassess over the next few weeks. At the moment it is a bit of an unknown," Arrarte said.

"We will just be patient after taking it all in [on Wednesday] and have a look at a few different options."

Arrarte joined the Wolves when they were struggling at the bottom of the competition with just one league point, before lifting the club to finish seventh on the ladder.

The rise coincided with the Wolves's cup run, which ended on Wednesday.

"I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with the Wolves. It has been a big learning experience," Arrarte said.

"Obviously, being very new to the coaching ranks - this time last year I was still playing - so for me to be given the respect and the boys showed out there they believe in what we were trying to do.

"For me I couldn't be happier and I will leave more experienced and still looking to learn."

The Wolves played Arrarte's last match in front of a competition-best crowd listed officially at 5238.

While many suspect the figure was in fact more than that, it was a remarkable achievement for the South Coast club.

"Full credit to the club. They have been working really hard over the past couple of weeks to get the match advertised. The boys did a lot of work going out to the local clubs," Arrarte said.

"Full credit to the supporters who came out. It just shows what the Wollongong region can provide and hopefully moving forward there will be an A-League team here.

"If we can get that sort of support here, imagine what we can get from an A-League side.

"I am very happy and very honoured to have coached a team in the FFA Cup in front of such a great crowd."

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