The Central Coast Mariners wish to advise the departure of seven players and two staff members, effective immediately.
The club can today confirm that Liam Rose, Storm Roux, Jacob Poscoliero, Josh Bingham, Blake Powell, Peter Skapetis and Tom Glover have completed their playing careers with the Mariners. Foxtel National Youth League Head Coach/Academy Technical Director Wayne O’Sullivan and Hyundai A-League Strength & Conditioning Coach Balder Berckmans have also completed their tenures with the club.
The contracts of Poscoliero, Skapetis, Bingham and Rose expired at the completion of the Hyundai A-League 2017/18 season and will not be renewed beyond this point. Powell & Bingham both sustained injuries in the Mariners’ final match of the season and will complete their rehab with the club after undergoing surgery this week. Bingham sustained an AC Joint injury (shoulder) and Powell sustained a fracture to his finger.
Roux, who was contracted with the Mariners until the end of the Hyundai A-League 2018/19 season, has been granted a release to pursue other opportunities.
Tom Glover’s loan agreement between the Central Coast Mariners and Tottenham Hotspur expires on May 31 and will not be renewed.
The contract of Strength & Conditioning Coach, Balder Berckmans expired at the completion of the Hyundai A-League 2017/18 season and will not be renewed. Berckmans has been granted immediate release.
Foxtel National Youth League Head Coach/Academy Technical Director, Wayne O’Sullivan has been given notice that his services are no longer required at the Central Coast Mariners.
The Central Coast Mariners would like to thank the players and staff members mentioned above for their efforts and wish them all the best with their future endeavours.
The following list of players remain contracted to the Central Coast Mariners Football Club.
The Central Coast Mariners have today (11/04/2018) appointed Hyundai A-League Championship Winner, Mike Mulvey, as the club’s new Head Coach until at least the end of the Hyundai A-League 2019/20 season.
Mulvey was tonight unveiled at an exclusive Member’s function on the Central Coast where Members took part in a Q&A with Mike Charlesworth. In addition to their conversation with the owner who skyped in from the UK, Mariners Members were surprised by the arrival of the club’s new Head Coach who took part in a press conference.
Unlike conventional press conferences, Mulvey was fronted by hundreds of Mariners Members who posed questions to their new Head Coach which was broadcasted live on the club’s Facebook Page.
The Manchester-born tactician arrives on the Central Coast with proven Hyundai A-League success, having claimed the competition’s top prize in 2014. Mulvey was named Hyundai A-League Coach of the Year for leading Brisbane Roar to a record-breaking third Championship during the 2013/14 campaign.
In Mulvey’s 2013/14 Championship winning season, his side were also crowned Premiers when they finished 10 points clear of second-placed Western Sydney Wanderers at the end of the 27-game-regular-season.
Mulvey praised the tight-knit Central Coast community and spoke about the importance of winning back their trust by putting together a team that everyone can be proud to call their own.
“I couldn’t be more delighted to be returning to Australia and to embrace the opportunity that exists here on the Central Coast,” Mulvey said. “The Mariners are a club with a rich history and genuine tradition. During the first decade, they demanded success and developed some wonderful players. My task in the coming years is very clear – I want to restore that culture of ambition and promote the hungriest young talent in the country.
“One thing that always impressed me about the Mariners was how connected this club was with its community. Historically, the Mariners are at their best when they are side by side, shoulder-to-shoulder with everyone from Berowra to Budgewoi. We can’t achieve anything without their support.
“More than any other A-League club, this is the club of the people. Winning back their trust, and respect, is imperative for us in winning football matches. We want to give the whole region a team to be proud of. We want them to feel that it’s their team and we’re fighting for this community every time we put on the jersey,” Mulvey said.
Central Coast Mariners Chief Executive Officer, Shaun Mielekamp welcomed Mulvey to the Mariners with open arms.
“It is with great pride that I get to welcome our new Head Coach, Mike Mulvey directly to our members,” Mielekamp said. “As a football club, we are really proud to be able to unveil Mike in a truly Coastie manner by immediately introducing him to our members.
“We set a very high benchmark and threshold for the level of experience, credibility and ability required for the role and from the outset, it was clear that Mike was the perfect fit for what our club needs.
“Mike is one of a very select few that has won the A-league and from the moment we first connected it was clear that Mike’s vision for our club is perfectly aligned to where we want to head and how we are going to get there.
“It is right now, that the hard work, planning and innovative approaches start on our journey towards the future, we said this could be the most important appointment in the history of the club and we know that the future for our club is in the safe hands of Mike Mulvey,” Mielekamp said.
After putting pen-to-paper on a two-year-agreement, Mulvey will take charge of the Central Coast Mariners at the commencement of the Hyundai A-League 2018/19 Pre-Season.
The Central Coast Mariners have fallen narrowly to Melbourne City, courtesy of a strike from distance to Bruno Fornaroli which handed the Mariners a 1-0 loss.
Melbourne City FC 1 (Fornaroli 49’) Central Coast Mariners 0
The run down
In a tight affair at AAMI Park where the Mariners and City failed to create clear cut chances the Yellow & Navy gave City a tough battle away from home.
For the second time in as many weeks, Wayne O’Sullivan handed a Hyundai A-League debut to an 18-year-old attacker from the Academy when Peter Kekeris was substituted on for Lachlan Wales in the second half.
It was a cagey opening 45 minutes where both sides struggled to get a foothold on the match. City boasted majority of the possession in the opening stages but only troubled the Mariners’ goalkeeper on one occasion.
The home team’s best chance of the match came when Luke Brattan released Fornaroli but his shot was well saved by Ben Kennedy.
For the Mariners, Connor Pain and Andrew Hoole linked up on a number of attacks and the away team started to shift momentum in their direction for the latter stages of the second half. Their best chance of the half came when Trent Buhagiar made a bursting run down the right-hand side and played in Hoole who couldn’t get enough on his shot to trouble Dean Bouzanis.
Neither side could find the opener before the break which saw it all locked up at 0-0 when they hit the sheds for half time.
But it took less than five minutes for City to take a second half lead when Fornaroli fired into Kennedy’s bottom corner which ultimately proved to be the winner.
The Mariners mounted a late charge in the final stages but it wasn’t enough to stel a point from AAMI Park.
Full focus from the Mariners now shifts to Hyundai A-League Round 27 where the club will farewell Josh Rose in his final match for the club. Kick-off on Saturday night is 7:50pm against the Newcastle Jets.
49’ FORNAROLI GOAL (1-0): With the game locked at 0-0 City’s danger man took the game into his own hands. It fell perfectly for Fornaroli who took his chance first time and fired into the bottom corner to give his side a second half lead.
Sully’s say (Wayne O’Sullivan’s Press Conference)
"It was similar to the last two weeks to be honest," O'Sullivan said. "The boys worked really hard and they were punished for making a mistake. I am really proud of their efforts over the past three weeks, the work rate has been unquestionable, their application has been superb and we've just lacked some quality at times.
"The plan was to defend a bit deeper and hope that we could create some attacking moments in transition. In the first half we looked dangerous in that space without getting to the final part we wanted to get to.
"With 20 to go we unloaded the bench and pushed further up the park with less numbers at the back. For a while there we had some good territory, it was just that final ball and a little bit of luck. Like I said, I am proud of the performance but disappointed with the result.
"It's an interesting one because Lachie has always played in the front third but in the last couple of weeks we've utilised him in the midfield for his energy and his quality. He's been really fortunate to be exposed to the A-League training space for a long period of time and it's a testament to his dedication. He's been superb and he's a great example to our youth team players back home. He's been excellent and he gives us that transition moment from defence to attack.
"City have quality over the park. They've got real quality in the front third and I think they can really push it during the finals series," O'Sullivan said.
Central Coast Mariners: 1.Ben KENNEDY(gk), 3.Josh ROSE (8.Blake POWELL 78’), 4.Jake McGING, 7.Andrew HOOLE, 11.Connor PAIN, 12.Trent BUHAGIAR (22.Jacob MELLING 69’), 16.Liam ROSE, 15. Alan BARO, 21.Kye ROWLES, 23. Wout BRAMA, 24.Lachlan WALES (25.Peter KEKERIS 84’)
Substitutes not used: 18. Tom GLOVER (gk) & 14.Adam BERRY
Yellow Cards: Pain 39’
Melbourne City FC: 1.Dean BOUZANIS (Gk), 3.Scott JAMIESON, 5.Bart SCHENKEVELD, 8.Oliver BOZANIC,10.Dario VIDOSIC, 13. Stefan MAUK (2.Manny MUSCAT 82’), 14.Daniel ARZANI (7.Nick FITZGERALD 55’), 22. Michael JAKOBSEN, 23.Bruno FORNAROLI, 26.Luke BRATTAN, 37.Nathaniel ATKINSON (4.Harrison DELBRIDGE 87’)
Substitutes not used: 18. Eugene GALEKOVIC (Gk), 27. Marcin BUDZINSKI
Yellow Cards: Arzani 34’
Saturday, 7 April 2018 AAMI Park, Melbourne Melbourne City FC vs. Central Coast Mariners
Mariners Club Legend, Josh Rose announces retirement
Central Coast Mariners’ Club Legend, Josh Rose has today confirmed that he is set to retire upon the completion of the Hyundai A-League 2017/18 season.
The 36-year-old defender has managed 216 Hyundai A-League appearances, 181 of those with the Central Coast Mariners, making him the second most capped Mariner of all time behind John Hutchinson.
The Central Coast Mariners will dedicate their final game of the season to ‘Rosey’, allowing Mariners’ fans the perfect opportunity to farewell him after the #F3Derby at Central Coast Stadium on Saturday April 14. Kick-off is 7:50pm.
Arriving on the Central Coast in 2010 from Romanian club Universitatea Craiova, Rose made an immediate impact and was voted by his teammates as the best player, winning the prestigious Mariners Medal at the end of his maiden Mariners’ season.
The two-time A-League All Star has experienced the highs and lows with the Central Coast Mariners having been involved with the heartbreaking Hyundai A-League 2010/11 Grand Final but most importantly: lifted the trophy as a Hyundai A-League Champion in 2013.
During his seven seasons at the Central Coast Mariners, the Bateau Bay resident has always been a firm fan favourite thanks to his overlapping runs on the pitch and tireless efforts in the community.
Upon the announcement of his retirement, Josh Rose thanked his teammates, coaches and supporters who have helped him forge a successful career. “I want to thank every coach that I have had the privilege to play under and all the players I have been lucky enough to share a change room with,” Rose said.
“I want to thank all of the supporters of the clubs that I have been lucky enough to play at. Through the good times, through the bad times it’s always been the supporters who have patted me on the back and without that support, as players it’s impossible to achieve anything. More than anything, the Mariners supporters. I have spent seven years at this club and the support I have received has been absolutely incredible. You don’t understand how much that means to me. No matter what, the fans are there to lift me up and make it worthwhile putting this jersey on every week and give it everything for the Mariners,” Rose said.
Most importantly, Rosey paid credit to the two most important women in his life.
“There are two women in my life that I would like to thank,” Rose said. “My mum. She’s a massive inspiration for me – I grew up in a single parent family, she had five kids and did everything to give her kids what they wanted in life. She was always the biggest believer in me. “Secondly, my wife Jeni. I have no doubt in my mind that if I didn’t meet Jeni, that there’s no way I could have had the career I’ve had. She’s stood by me through everything,” Rose said.
‘Rosey’ then reflected on the proud memories and friendships he has forged with the Central Coast Mariners.
“The Mariners football club is something that will be with me forever,” Rose said. “I’ve spent so much time at this club and I’ve been able to achieve so much and forge friendships in this change room that I will keep forever.
“My three proudest moments with the Mariners are: the 2013 Grand Final win, qualifying for the Asian Champions League Round of 16 to face Guangzhou Evergrande and winning the Mariners Medal. “Winning the Grand Final was three years in the making – losing to Brisbane Roar and failures like that can undo you or make you stronger, we were lucky enough to have a good enough group that it made us stronger and that Grand Final win even sweeter,” Rose said.
Rose then reflected on the final time he will step onto the hallowed turf of Central Coast Stadium as a Mariner when the Yellow & Navy host the Newcastle Jets on Saturday April 14.
“I’m very happy that my last game will be at home,” Rose said. “I’m really looking forward to it, I’m definitely ready to transition into the next chapter and enjoy my final minutes with the boys, the club and I can’t wait to get out there and give it a good crack and everything I’ve got for one last time,” Rose said.
Match Details Saturday, 14 April 2018 Hyundai A-League Round 27 Match: Central Coast Mariners vs. Newcastle Jets FC Venue: Central Coast Stadium, Gosford Kick-off: 7:50pm (AEDT) TV Broadcast: Live coverage on FOX SPORTS AUSTRALIA 501 & One Hash-tag: Join the match conversation using #F3Derby & #ThanksRosey
A consistent goal scoring run with the Central Coast Mariners Academy has resulted in a Hyundai A-League call up for 18-year-old attacker, Jordan Smylie.
The Berowra FC junior has bagged three goals in three games for the Central Coast Mariners Academy during the PS4 NPL 2 season and will travel with Wayne O’Sullivan’s squad to Suncorp Stadium to face Brisbane Roar.
On the eve of the club’s Hyundai A-League Round 25 match against Brisbane Roar, the team today completed their final training session of the week at the Central Coast Mariners Centre of Excellence before departing to Brisbane.
Match Details Saturday, 31 March 2018 Hyundai A-League Round 25 Match: Brisbane Roar vs. Central Coast Mariners Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane Kick-off: 5:35pm (AEDT) TV Broadcast: Live coverage on FOX SPORTS AUSTRALIA 501 Hash-tag: Join the match conversation using #BRIvCCM & #CCMFC