Ex-Wolves star Nahuel Arrarte takes over as South Coast coach


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South Coast Wolves have wasted no time in appointing a new coach, with former player Nahuel Arrarte set to take over the club on Thursday.

Just four days after the Wolves parted ways with Richard Lloyd, the club's management announced Arrarte would see out the NSW National Premier League season in charge of the Illawarra's elite club.

He will relinquish his current position as technical director of coaching at State League club Southern Bulls FC to take up the role.

Wolves' president Bobby Mazevski said the new boss stood out in a list of recommended options for the position.

"I guess in looking for someone who we thought was the best fit, we looked at someone who has leadership qualities but also someone who has played at this level and really knows what the NPL is about," Mazevski said.

"We feel that Nahuel is the man to take us forward."

Arrarte attended the Wolves' Waratah Cup match with Hurstville overnight and will take the reins for this Sunday's huge home clash with undefeated ladder leaders Blacktown Spartans.

It's a tough first-up assignment, but with just six matches played in the current campaign, Arrarte will have plenty of time to be assessed.

"Nahuel will definitely see out the year and certainly we have long-term prospects with Nahuel. But I think we have to take this as a season at a time," Mazevski said.

"We need to finish up this year before we go from there.

"Nahuel did have some other commitments but he did choose to take up a position at this level, which is a really good opportunity to prove himself at this level.

"I think for him this is a good opportunity and for us as well to see what he can do."

Arrarte's first real task will be helping the South Coast move out of last place on the ladder.

The Wolves have secured just one point this season, but the club still harbours higher ambitions than just surviving relegation from the top grade.

"We still feel we can really turn the season around," Mazevski said.

"Realistically I think a mid-table position is where we are aiming for but certainly we are not discounting a semi-final spot if we can turn things around.

"We have got a very important month of games coming up against teams that we think we can challenge.

"It is a difficult competition anyway ... but if we can get some good results over this next month it could certainly set us up for an interesting second half to season."


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