Scottish Premiership side Hibs have dismissed any link with Socceroos coach Graham Arnold as the club begins its search for a new manager after the departure of Neil Lennon.
Source at the club have flatly denied any contact with or from representatives of the Australia coach in connection with the job.
Today Arnold also issued a statement distancing himself from the speculation and reiterating that his focus on his work with the Socceroos and the Olyroos.
“I am surprised to learn of the speculation,” Arnold said. “We have just started a great four-year journey with the Socceroos and the Australian U23 National Team.
“I saw a lot of growth in our team and many individuals at the AFC Asian Cup and while we were disappointed not to go further in the competition I am extremely proud of our players and staff.
“I will be back in Australia soon and my full focus will be on the upcoming AFC U23 Championship qualifiers in Cambodia in March, and following that our 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign and the AFC U23 Championship to be held in Thailand next January.”
Hibs have three Australian internationals currently on its books in Mark Milligan, Jamie Maclaren and Martin Boyle.
Lennon was suspended at the weekend following an alleged incident at the club on Friday.
"The management team of Neil Lennon and Garry Parker has left the club by mutual consent," Hibs said in a statement.
"They have not been dismissed and have not resigned. The suspension, put in place to allow an internal review, was lifted by the club as part of this agreement.
"Despite widespread speculation, the club confirms that neither Neil nor Garry has been guilty of any misconduct or wrongdoing and no disciplinary process has been commenced.
"However, Neil, Garry and the club now consider that it would be in the best interests of all parties to part amicably."
The statement added: "The club would like to place on notice its thanks to both Neil and Garry for their hard work and the success they have brought the club.
"Their period in charge has seen the club: restored to the top flight, reach the top 4 with a record points total, qualify for Europe, have their record season ticket sales since 1958."