The Central Coast Mariners have today announced the addition of Manly United Head Coach Phil Moss to the club’s coaching staff as an Assistant to Head Coach Graham Arnold for the next three Hyundai A-League seasons, while current goalkeeping coach John Crawley will also take on an increased role with the club.
The Central Coast Mariners have today announced the addition of Manly United Head Coach Phil Moss to the club-s coaching staff as an Assistant to Head Coach Graham Arnold for the next three Hyundai A-League seasons, while current goalkeeping coach John Crawley will also take on an increased role with the club.
“We-re delighted to welcome Phil to the club,” said Mariners Executive Chairman Lyall Gorman.
“Phil has done an exceptional job during his time coaching in the NSW Premier League and has a strong pre-existing relationship with both Graham (Arnold) and (Assistant Coach) Tony Walmsley, and we are certain he will become an integral part of one of the A-League-s most successful coaching staffs.”
Moss came through the ranks at Manly United before making his first grade debut at 17, and enjoyed a season at the Central Coast Coasties in 1997, ironically alongside his new colleague, in Mariners Head of Sports Science Andrew Clark.
Moss then made his mark in the old National Soccer League under Arnold as a defender cum midfielder at Northern Spirit via a short spell at Eastern Suburbs, before ultimately returning to his old stomping ground.
“I started at Manly when I was in the Under 10-s, born and bred on the Northern Beaches and it will be a very emotional day for me on Sunday, my last game in charge, but I don-t see it as the end of the book its just a new chapter,” Moss said.
“I never rule out returning to Manly one day down the track but it is time for my coaching career to move into the professional ranks, and I don-t think I could have landed at a more professional and ambitious club than the Central Coast Mariners.”
Moss has also had experience in the National team environment, assisting Arnold during the successful qualification campaign for the 2008 Beijing Olympics with the Qantas Olyroos.
“I-m very grateful to Arnie for the faith he-s shown in plucking me out of the State League.
“There-s a lot of talk of ex-Socceroos coming back from overseas and being fast-tracked into jobs which is fantastic, but I would like to think this appointment is a win for the ex-NSL players who have done the hard yards in the local leagues,” said Moss.
Crawley-s new three year contract as the club-s goalkeeping coach will also expand, where he will mentor the club-s two current custodians Danny Vukovic and Mathew Ryan on a full time basis, as well as compiling detailed video analysis of all of the Mariners A-League performances as well as opposing sides, as the club continues to expand its technical and sports science department.
Head Coach Arnold is excited by the potential of the coaching staff.
“Everyone is full time and I-d like to thank the chairman, Lyall Gorman and the club for backing these appointments, as we give our squad every opportunity to be as successful as they can be. I-m delighted to have everyone on board,” said Arnold.