Graham Arnold has turned down the chance to become Hibernian manager, it has been revealed.

The Australia national team head coach admitted that he has rejected an offer from Hibs.

The Easter Road side are on the lookout for a new boss after they sacked Lee Johnson last weekend. The Englishman was given his marching orders following a dismal start to the Premiership campaign.

Neil Lennon and Central Coast Mariners boss Nick Montgomery are the two frontrunners for the position.

David Gray remains in temporary charge ahead of this weekend's game at Aberdeen, following on from last night's defeat at Aston Villa.

But he won't be replaced by Arnold, who insists he was flattered to receive the interest, but still has unfinished business with the Socceroos.

He told Keep Up: “I have to say it was an honour that Hibs rang me and offered me the job but I’ve got a job to do here. I will say that I love coaching my nation and I feel that I have a great job.

"For me, it’s all about Mexico and getting ourselves ready for that, and developing and helping the boys here in Australia.

"I spoke to (Hibs’) owner (but) at this moment, the timing’s not right. I have a job on my hands here and my full focus is on the Socceroos.”

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Hibs' search for their next manager will continue with a shortlist being drawn up.

St Mirren No.1 Stephen Robinson is another main target for Easter Road chiefs. He, Lennon, Malky Mackay, and Derek McInnes have all been touted.

Montgomery also hopes to be among the candidates after winning the A-League with Mariners last season.

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