Central Coast Mariners FC is a professional soccer club based in the Central Coast of New South Wales, Australia. They compete in the A-League, under license from Football Federation Australia.The club was founded in 2004, for the establishment of the A-League. They were the first professional football club of any code from the Central Coast region to compete in a national competition. Despite being considered as one of the smaller clubs in the league,Central Coast Mariners have been one of the most successful, with two Premierships, one Championship from four Grand Final appearances and four appearances in the AFC Champions League.
The club plays matches at Bluetounge Stadium, a 20,119 seat stadium in Gosford; it's possesses Good training facilities, Adequate youth facilities, Good junior coaching and Above average youth recruitment.
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After the falling out over a contact extension between Chairman Peter Turnbull and former Manager Graham Arnold, the Mariners board decided to take a risk and sign an Assistant Coach from an a rival sporting code from the AFL (Australian Football League).
After weeks of interviews the Board decided on employing Korey Dobson, an Assistant Coach from the North Melbourne Kangaroos on a 2 year deal worth $3,200 a week.
Board Expectations: Make Playoffs
Transfer Budget: $0
Wage Budget: $46.27K
Good luck! Australia is a hard place to manage!
Hamed Kavianpour - free - 2,400/1 Year
Abdessalam Benjelloun - free - $4,700/5 Years
Guti - free - $22,500 (Marquee)/1 Year
Marc Warren - Loan
Results- Not the best way to start the season but on the bright side it could be worse.
Mid Season Summary -
- Sitting 5th, 8 points behind ladder leader Wellington Phoenix.
- Away form has been very disappointing winning only 1 from 7.
- Youngsters such as Bernie Ibini-Isei, Mustafa Amini and Matthew Ryan playing well.
- Marquee signing Guti not playing up to expectations.
- Feel like we need more fire power around goal.
Goals: 4 - Bernie Ibini-Isei
Assists: 7 - Mustafa Amini
Rating: 7.23 - Alex Wilkinson
Transfer Update -
To increase our firepower around goal the Central Coast Mariners have signed Guinean international Pascal Feindouno on a contract worth $4,700 a week for 3 years.
Transfers out -
Mike McGlinchey - Burnley - 250k
A very unlucky month as our first choice GK Ryan got injured against Melbourne Victory, then the following week our backup GK Justin Pasfield got injured during training. So for the month we used our youth squads GK...
I will be very lucky to not get sacked at seasons end. The amount of injuries we have had is insane! At one point we had 6 of our best 11 out injured..
Central Coast Mariners 2011-12 Season Summary -
Team of the Year
Fans Player of the Year
Alex Wilkinson - 26 Games - 4 Goals - 2 MoM - 7.20
Goals: 5 - Bernie Ibini-Ibsei/ Abdessalam Benjelloun
Assists: 8 - Mustafa Amini
Rating: 7.20 - Alex Wilkinson
Hamed Kavianpour - Singed him on a 1 year deal as a backup to Mustafa Amini and thats exactly what he did over 20 games with a match rating of 6.60. Have signed him on for another year.
Abdessalam Benjelloun - Although his match rating of 6.79 across 24 games doesnt show huge success, he was the joint club goal scorer. Looking forward working with him next year.
Marc Warren - A loanee that Sheffield United sent me though our affiliation that played as a backup to the senior squad. 3 Games with a rating of 6.80
Guti - He never lived up to his expectations of being a Marquee player with 20 games and a rating of 6.81. Lucky I only signed him on a 1 year deal.
Pascal Feindouno - Although he only played 10 games with a rating of 6.88, I managed to sell him to Wigan for $2m
Hyundai A-League 2012-13
- Make top 6.
- Win more games on the road.
Transfer Budget: $50k
Wage Budget: $48.86k
Michael Beauchamp - free - 4.2k/1 Year
Cristiano - free - 4.7k/ 2 Years
Luke O'Dea - free - 1.2k/ 3 Years
Issey Nakajima-Farran - free - 1.9k/ 3 Years
Aliaksandr Helb - free - 29k (Marquee)/ 1 Year
Scott Chipperfield - free - 9.75k (Australian MQ)/ 1 Year
Patrick Zwaanswijk - Kilmarnock - 200k
Pascal Feindouno - Wigan -2m
Guti - Al-Ain - free
Bradly Porter - free
Daniel McBreen - free