Central Coast Mariners: A-League 2019/20 preview
The Central Coast Mariners finished 10th last season, so there's no way to go but up.
The Central Coast Mariners didn't have a great campaign during the 2018/19 season of the A-League. They finished last, managing only two wins during the regular season, against Western Sydney Wanderers and Melbourne City. It was one of their worst seasons yet, also plagued by coach, player and agent disruptions.
Now with a new manager, the hope is that Central Coast will manage to put up a better defence in the months to come. Will the Mariners bounce back and become competitive once again? With an influx of talented new players, all is possible.
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History of Central Coast Mariners
Central Coast Mariners are based in Gosford, on the Central Coast of New South Wales. The club was founded in 2004 and they were one of the 8 original A-League teams. They were the first ever professional sporting entity to represent the Central Coast region on a national or international sporting stage.
Overall, the Mariners have claimed one A-League Championship from four Grand Final appearances and topped the table to win the A-League Premiership twice. The club plays home matches at Central Coast Stadium in Gosford. They share a rivalry with the Newcastle Jets and their supporters are known as the Yellow Army.
How to watch Central Coast Mariners live
Central Coast Mariners kick off their 2019/20 A-League campaign with a match against Western Sydney Wanderers scheduled for 12 October. The match will be broadcast on both Fox Sports and ABC.
After that, fans will be able to watch Central Coast Mariners matches live on Fox Sports or on ABC when available. This season, ABC broadcasts one Saturday game live, as well as offering delayed broadcasts of one elimination final, one semi-final and the Hyundai A-League 2020 Grand Final. Meanwhile, Fox Sports will show all A-League fixtures live.
The easiest way to keep up with the competition is via Kayo Sports. The multi-sport platform will stream all A-League matches live, so you can watch on TV or on your favourite device with minimal hassle. A Basic subscription costs $25/month and lets you watch on two screens at the same time, while a Premium subscription supports three simultaneous streams for $35/month. Either way, new subscribers get a 14-day free trial.
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You can access Kayo Sports via web or download the app to your smartphone/tablet and watch on the go. The service is also compatible with Chromecast, Apple TV, Android TV and Telstra TV. You can read more in our detailed Kayo Sports review.
Central Coast Mariners fans can also follow their team through Fox Sports with a Foxtel IQ subscription that includes the Sport channel pack. You can watch on TV or stream games to your laptop or mobile device with the Foxtel GO app, free for all Foxtel subscribers.
Another way to keep up is through Foxtel Now, as long as you subscribe to the Sport pack. Or, you can stream matches live with the MyFootball Live App. For more information on how to watch this season of the A-League, check out our viewing guide.
Central Coast Mariners transfers 2019
Alen Stajcic is the current coach of the Central Coast Mariners, following his appointment in early 2019. He took the reins of the club from Mike Mulvey. Stajcic's most recent gig was as head coach of the The Matildas from 2014 to 2019.
Besides a new coach, the Mariners pride themselves on securing some new talent. Two of the most prominent transfers involved Mark Birighitti, who came over from Melbourne City and Daniel da Silva, who came back after being on loan to Sydney FC.
Other new players include Dylan Fox, Milan Duric, Giancarlo Gallifuoco, Ziggy Gordon, Kim Eun-sun, Sam Silvera, Gianni Stensness and Ruon Tongyik. The most notable losses for the Mariners this season are Matthew Millar, Connor Pain, Tom Hiariej, Andrew Hoole and Jem Karacan.
The 2019 Central Coast Mariners squad
Here's the complete Central Coast Mariners squad for the 2019/20 A-League season:
Goalkeepers: Mark Birighitti, Adam Pearce
Defenders: Jack Clisby, Dylan Fox, Giancarlo Gallifuoco, Ziggy Gordon, Kye Rowles, Ruon Tongyik, Dylan Fox
Midfielders: Daniel De Silva, Milan Duric, Kim Eun-Sun, Michael McGlinchey, Jacob Melling, Joshua Nisbet, Mario Shabow, Gianni Stensness,
Forwards: Abraham Majok, Jordan Murray, Tommy Oar, Samuel Silvera, Matt Simon
Coaches: Alen Stajcic, Nick Montgomery (assistant coach), Nahuel Arrarte (assistant coach), Jess Vanstrattan (goalkeeping coach)
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