Stajcic named Mariners caretaker coach

12 March 2019 08:29:49 EST

Central Coast have appointed Alen Stajcic as their caretaker coach for the rest of the season.

The former Matildas coach has replaced Mike Mulvey, who was sacked hours after the team were thrashed 8-2 at home by Wellington Phoenix at the weekend.

Alen's role at the moment is to generate some momentum leading into the back end of the season.

Mike Phelan

The Mariners are bottom of the A-League table with just seven points from 21 games.

Stajcic, who was sacked as Matildas coach in January, has not been a senior men's coach previously.

"I would like to thank the Central Coast Mariners for providing me this opportunity; this is a club with a very rich history, which is something that everyone is committed to restoring," he said.

"We're well aware of the hard work ahead of us, but that starts now. I relish a challenge and can't wait to get started."

Mariners sporting director Mike Phelan said Stajcic's job would be to stabilise everyone at the club and help position the club going forward.

He added: "At the end of the season, we will assess the situation but Alen's role at the moment is to generate some momentum leading into the back end of the season - we will discuss the future during that time and at the end of that time."

Mulvey became the fourth coach to be axed by the Gosford club in the past five years.

Since Graham Arnold, who had led them to the championship, resigned in 2013 they have sacked Phil Moss, Tony Walmsley, Paul Okon and now Mulvey.

The Mariners' only win this season came in round 12 against Melbourne City. They have since picked up just two points from a possible 27.

Central Coast are 15/2 to win their next game against Newcastle Jets, who are 3/10 with the draw 19/4.

The Mariners are 9/1 to win by a one-goal margin.

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