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Saturday, 9 March 2019

Coach sacked at 1am after eight-goal humiliation


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Coach Mike Mulvey has been sacked by Central Coast Mariners following their chastising 8-2 A-League defeat to Wellington Phoenix.

Saturday evening's result left the rock-bottom Mariners with just seven points from 21 games.

The scoreline equalled the competition's biggest scoring match when the Mariners crashed to an 8-2 home loss against Newcastle Jets just 11 months ago.

Mulvey joined the Mariners ahead of the 2018/19 season but with just one win, the club has decided to act.

A club statement released just before 1am on Sunday morning said: "The Central Coast Mariners can today advise that the Club has parted ways with Head Coach Mike Mulvey, effective immediately.

"With six games remaining in the Hyundai A-League 2018/19 season, the club will issue a statement when a decision has been made regarding who will lead the team during this period.

"At this stage, there are no other changes to the club's other coaching and football support staff.

"The Central Coast Mariners wish Mulvey all the best in his future endeavours and him for his service to the Club."

Mulvey had cut a defiant figure after the defeat - ultimately to no avail.

"“One thing I will tell you is I won’t quit — I’ll never walk away from anything,” Mulvey said on FOX Sports.

“I’m going to front up, get back to work, get the team on an even keel and see if we can move forward.

“We’ve been plagued by individual mistakes and some mistakes that are creeping into off-field activities now. Is it a crisis? Of course it’s a crisis because the club’s just lost 8-2, we lost 5-3 the other week against Brisbane, so we’re not in a good place.”

 

Mulvey said the Mariners' squad had turned "toxic".

 

“The scoreline is quite symbolic because it’s what I saw at the end of last season against Newcastle and we’ve just been turned over 8-2," he said.

“The only message you can say to the fans is if you want a club to be proud of, we need to all band together.

“You could tell it was a little bit of a toxic atmosphere tonight, a lot of negativity around the place and that doesn’t help. I don’t blame the fans — it is a symptom of where we are now.”

The Mariners, former A-League champions, have been mired in dismal form for several seasons.

“This is a new low,” former Mariners player Daniel McBreen, a championship winner, said on FOX Sports after the 8-2 loss.

“They look like the players are just not playing for the management, they look like they’re not playing for the coaches — they look like they’re not playing for anyone at the moment. There’s no cohesion, there’s no game plan. They just look bereft of ideas.

“Those fans have a right to say, what is going on with our club?"

Coach Mike Mulvey has been sacked by Central Coast Mariners following their chastising 8-2 A-League defeat to Wellington Phoenix.

Saturday evening's result left the rock-bottom Mariners with just seven points from 21 games.

The scoreline equalled the competition's biggest scoring match when the Mariners crashed to an 8-2 home loss against Newcastle Jets just 11 months ago.

Mulvey joined the Mariners ahead of the 2018/19 season but with just one win, the club has decided to act.

A club statement released just before 1am on Sunday morning said: "The Central Coast Mariners can today advise that the Club has parted ways with Head Coach Mike Mulvey, effective immediately.

"With six games remaining in the Hyundai A-League 2018/19 season, the club will issue a statement when a decision has been made regarding who will lead the team during this period.

"At this stage, there are no other changes to the club's other coaching and football support staff.

"The Central Coast Mariners wish Mulvey all the best in his future endeavours and him for his service to the Club."

Mulvey had cut a defiant figure after the defeat - ultimately to no avail.

"“One thing I will tell you is I won’t quit — I’ll never walk away from anything,” Mulvey said on FOX Sports.

“I’m going to front up, get back to work, get the team on an even keel and see if we can move forward.

“We’ve been plagued by individual mistakes and some mistakes that are creeping into off-field activities now. Is it a crisis? Of course it’s a crisis because the club’s just lost 8-2, we lost 5-3 the other week against Brisbane, so we’re not in a good place.”

 

Mulvey said the Mariners' squad had turned "toxic".

 

“The scoreline is quite symbolic because it’s what I saw at the end of last season against Newcastle and we’ve just been turned over 8-2," he said.

“The only message you can say to the fans is if you want a club to be proud of, we need to all band together.

“You could tell it was a little bit of a toxic atmosphere tonight, a lot of negativity around the place and that doesn’t help. I don’t blame the fans — it is a symptom of where we are now.”

The Mariners, former A-League champions, have been mired in dismal form for several seasons.

“This is a new low,” former Mariners player Daniel McBreen, a championship winner, said on FOX Sports after the 8-2 loss.

“They look like the players are just not playing for the management, they look like they’re not playing for the coaches — they look like they’re not playing for anyone at the moment. There’s no cohesion, there’s no game plan. They just look bereft of ideas.

“Those fans have a right to say, what is going on with our club?"

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