The Central Coast Mariners have confirmed the appointment of Alen Stajcic as Caretaker Coach for the remaining 6 games of the Hyundai A-League 2018/19 season.
A name that needs no introduction within Australian football circles, Stajcic most notably coached the Matildas (Australian National Team) from 2014 – 2019.
He was controversially sacked from that role in January amid reports of team disharmony and a toxic culture....which he strongly denied.
‘Staj’ as he is affectionately known, won the W-League Coach of the Year award twice (2010/11 & 2013/14) during his time with Sydney FC.
That successful spell at Sydney FC was also recognised with an induction to the Club’s Hall of Fame.
Amongst his list of impressive accolades as a Head Coach are also Coach of the Year honours at the prestigious 2017 AIS Sport Performance Awards and nomination for FIFA Coach of the Year in 2018.
The club is viewing these remaining games as an audition for the full time job in 2019-20.
The Mariners are near certainties to claim a second wooden spoon and need another win to move off the all time season record owned with the long defunct New Zealand Knights.
2018-19 will also see the Mariners record their worst ever average home crowd figure.
Listen below to his first press conference.