Signing news: Phil Moss added to Sydney FC coaching staff

Sydney FC have added former Central Coast Mariners boss Phil Moss to their coaching staff for next season.

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

John Greco
Sydney FC have added former Central Coast Mariners boss Phil Moss to their coaching staff as an assistant to double-winning coach Graham Arnold.

Moss, who worked alongside Arnold at the Mariners, will join Steve Corica as an additional coaching resource along with John Crawley and Andrew Clark.

“Being a Sydney boy it is an honour to be working for a club as big as Sydney FC,” said Moss.

“I’m very confident I can add more passion, experience and help improve on the remarkable job which was done last season.

“After winning the double and with the challenge of the AFC Champions League ahead, I look to contribute to the club’s success.

“It’s fantastic to be joining the club at such an exciting time and it’s a big challenge.”

Moss will have responsibility for assisting staff on a day-to-day basis on the training field with the Sky Blues set for a busy campaign.

John Kosmina; Granham Arnold; Phil MossNot only do they have their Hyundai A-League title defence to worry about but also the Westfield FFA Cup and AFC Champions League campaign.

“Phil has already had experience in coaching in the A-League and will bring those experiences to our club,” Arnold said.

“I’m delighted to be able to bring him on board and strengthen our coaching team.

“I look forward to working with Phil in the future to progress Sydney FC.”

Sydney FC’s players will return for pre-season next Monday, July 3 ahead of their high-profile friendly against English Premier League giants Arsenal Thursday, July 13.



Source   :  Football Federation Australia

Melbourne City dump Wellington Phoenix to set up A-League semi-final showdown against Melbourne Victory

May 3, 2015 – 10:14PM

Michael Lynch

Senior sports reporter with The Age

Melbourne City has set up an A-League semi-final blockbuster with cross city rivals Melbourne Victory after pulling off an upset 2-0 away win in its elimination final in New Zealand on Sunday evening.

John van ‘t Schip’s side, which had been woeful in its last two A-League fixtures, heavy defeats in Perth and Adelaide, once again showed that its reputation for inconsistency was justified when it got the better of a Wellington Phoenix team that had been at or near the top of the table all season.

Both goals came in the second half, the first on the hour mark from towering Socceroo frontman Josh Kennedy, the second when Frenchman Harry Novillo’s shot went in off Phoenix goalkeeper Glen Moss after striking the post.

A step forward: Josh Kennedy, left, fends off Ben Sigmund as City upset Phoenix in Wellington.

A step forward: Josh Kennedy, left, fends off Ben Sigmund as City upset Phoenix in Wellington. Photo: Getty Images

This might have been a shock on paper – Ernie Merrick’s Phoenix had home advantage and finished 11 points ahead of City at the end of the regular season – but on the balance of the game City deserved what they got.


They were sharp enough to take their chances, and were well set up at the back where captain Paddy Kisnorbo put his body on the line on numerous occasions to preserve the advantage.

Rob Koren, who has had criticism for his lack of impact as a marquee player, got involved and worked hard throughout and played an important role whenever City went forward while Novillo was a handful when he took defenders on.

Phoenix, who had one of the league’s most potent attacks during the regular season, never really created much in the way of gilt-edged chances while the visitors often looked dangerous on the break, particularly in the second half when the game stretched as the hosts went in search of a leveller.

It was a classic game of two halves. The first had few chances and few memorable moments, while the second brought goals and a lift in tempo.

The hosts began the game at a fast pace and tried to make an early breakthrough. Nathan Burns almost got the Phoenix off to the start they wanted when he dropped his shoulder in the third minute, found space and fired a shot that skimmed just wide of Tando Velaphi’s goal.

But aside from a Michael McGlinchey free kick that was later to strike the bar and a Louis Fenton effort that ballooned over the top, Wellington created few real openings.

At the other end City, having weathered that early storm, began to conjure up some half chances.

The closest the visitors came to taking the lead came in the 26th minute when Novillo got on the end of a neat passing move involving Aaron Mooy and Rob Koren and fired a well-struck shot from the edge of the penalty area. The Phoenix defence blocked and then Glen Moss in goal collected the lofted rebound.

Shortly afterwards Vince Lia was upended on the edge of the Melbourne City penalty area within range for McGlinchey. The All Whites midfielder did well to get the ball up and over the wall but he could not get it to come down quite enough as it struck the bar and bounced to safety.

Novillo again tried his luck from distance 10 minutes or so before the interval when Jonatan Germano cut the ball back but the Frenchman’s well-hit effort was collected easily enough by Moss.

At the other end, Burns’ cut back to Fenton came to nothing when the latter bobbled the ball over the bar, and in Phoenix’s last chance before the interval the same pair combined only for Velaphi to deal with Fenton’s shot.

Burns began the second half in lively fashion after he was played through on the right by Wellington’s Dutch midfielder Roly Bonevacia but his cross came to nothing.

City began to find some opportunities on the left, with Novillo getting more into the game alongside Germano, the Argentine utility operating as a makeshift left back. Koren linked with Novillo to set up Germano, whose cross was put just wide by Kennedy. Shortly afterwards a header from the Socceroo striker, again from a Germano cross, went just wide. When the goal just after the hour mark came it again arrived after a build up down the left.


The Canberra Times

Melbourne City have stunned Wellington Phoenix 2-0 at Westpac Stadium in their Elimination Final

Melbourne City players celebrate Josh Kennedy's opener against the Phoenix.
Melbourne City have set-up a huge semi-final clash with local rivals Melbourne Victory after their upset 2-0 Elimination Final win over Wellington Phoenix at Westpac Stadium on Sunday night.

A tense affair sprung to life in the second half as Josh Kennedy and a Glen Moss own goal in the space of 11 minutes swung the game in City’s favour.

The Phoenix never stopped trying to get back into the contest but struggled to break down a stubborn City rear-guard.

The reward for City is a massive Melbourne Derby against the Premiers’ Plate winners for a spot in this year’s decider.


“It was a very tough game, full credit to the boys especially considering the last couple of weeks we’ve had. We dug deep – I know that’s the normal response after a win but the boys played out of their skin.” –  Melbourne City’s Josh Kennedy

“It’s so disappointing, who would’ve thought our home record would’ve been the thing that let us down this season. We had a good run into the semis in terms of home games and we didn’t take advantage.” – Wellington Phoenix’s Andrew Durante


0-1 Kennedy (61’) – A quick City counter-attack saw them stream forward in numbers with the ball eventually getting to Harry Novillo in the box. The chance looked to have gone when the French winger was closed down but the ball fell to Aaron Mooy who lashed it towards goal, with Kennedy getting a touch to wrong-foot Glen Moss and go in.

0-2 Moss og (72’) – Another crisp, clinical counter-attack was started and finished by Novillo. After Robi Koren picked him out with a cross from the right, Novillo’s shot took a slight deflection off Ben Sigmund and hit the post, rebounding back onto Moss and going in. Cruel luck for the Phoenix gloveman.


A silly foul by Harry Novillo presented Phoenix with a free-kick just outside the City box on 28 minutes. After Roly Bonevacia wasted one earlier, Michael McGlinchey took this one and went within a whisker of giving the home side the lead. His strike went high over the wall but had great dip, swerve and power to crash onto the cross bar and away. It was the closest either side came to a goal until Josh Kennedy had three chances in quick succession early in the second half, taking one to give City the lead. With the score still at 1-0, Nathan Burns squandered a great chance when his header was saved by Tando Velaphi from point-blank range. It should have been a goal and could have turned the match, but Novillo made him pay soon after.


Phoenix’s first half struggles continued, now failing to find the back of the net in the opening 45 minutes in six successive matches. The win was just City’s second against Wellington in their last 12 clashes and the first time in their last seven games this season they have scored more than one goal.


Josh Kennedy’s goal might have been the difference but the performance of City skipper Patrick Kisnorbo was just as important for the visitors. The all-action defender threw his body into every challenge, blocking shots and coming up with vital tackles on numerous occasions, including for City’s opening goal. Even Fox Sports commentator Andy Harper was impressed by the defending, noting: “Patrick Kisnorbo is at his happiest when he’s horizontal”.


Injuries and lack of form by some of Melbourne City’s regular fullbacks saw coach John van ‘t Schip use Paulo Retre and Jonatan Germano in those positions. It was a gamble with the pair both more comfortable in midfield but Phoenix failed to capitalise for the most part. Nathan Burns and Louis Fenton struggled to put any real pressure on them and it wasn’t until it was too late in the second half when they had more joy. Maybe if Fijian flyer Roy Krishna had started things may have been different.


Top of the league a month ago, Phoenix’s season ends with a whimper as they are bundled out in the first week of the finals. A disappointing end to a campaign that promised so much.

After a lean run of form, City delivered when it mattered and now have a blockbuster Melbourne derby against Victory to look forward to with a grand final spot on the line.


Wellington Phoenix:  Moss, Sigmund, Sigmund, Durante, Muscat, Riera, Lia (Rodriguez 78’), Bonevacia, Fenton (Cunnigham 78’), McGlinchey (Krishna 58’), Burns

Melbourne City:  Velaphi, Retre, Chapman, Kisnorbo, Germano, Paartalu, Mooy, Koren, Williams, Kennedy (Marino 84’), Novillo (Murdocca 90’)

Scorers:  Kennedy 61’, Moss (og) 72’

Red cards:  none

Yellow cards:  Paartalu 42’, Bonevacia 45’, Sigmund 70’, Marino 90+3’

Conditions:  13C, Fine

Attendance:  10,171@ Westpac Stadium

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Embattled Central Coast Mariners facing huge payout for sacked coach Phil Moss

March 6, 2015 – 9:51PM

Sebastian Hassett

Football reporter

Sacked: Phil Moss and captain John Hutchinson in December. Hutchinson will take over some coaching duties at the Mariners after Moss' axing.

Sacked: Phil Moss and captain John Hutchinson in December. Hutchinson will take over some coaching duties at the Mariners after Moss’ axing. Photo: Ben Rushton

The cash-strapped Central Coast Mariners could be facing payouts of close to $500,000 after sacking coach Phil Moss on Friday and removing Wayne O’Sullivan as assistant coach.

An announcement by the club said they were in “negotiations with Moss in regards to his position”, effectively referring to the terms of settlement on a contract that doesn’t end until June 2017, one of the longest deals in the A-League.

The club claims it will offer O’Sullivan a different position – likely in youth development – but may also be forced to pay him out if he doesn’t accept a role away from the first team. The club promoted the restructure as “phase two” of Mariners’ executive vice-chairman Peter Storrie’s four-part plan to turn around the ailing club.

Storrie, who now wields enormous power on the instruction of majority owner Mike Charlesworth, made the decision to axe Moss immediately after the 0-0 draw with the lowly Newcastle Jets, a match the Mariners realistically had to win to keep their fading finals hopes alive.

It was Storrie’s predecessor, ex-chief executive Bruce Stalder, who recommended Charlesworth should sign Moss to a long-term contract in August last year. Stalder’s brief was recently redirected to sales and marketing.

The outgoing coach did himself no favours in that F3 derby by refusing to play captain and club icon John Hutchinson for what would have been his record-equalling A-League appearance. Moss later claimed he couldn’t use him because he’d made all his substitutions – despite making only two changes.

Unsurprisingly, Moss did not appear at Hutchinson’s testimonial luncheon on Friday. Hutchinson, who is determined to one day land the club’s senior position, will take on a player-assistant coach role until he retires next month.

The future of goalkeeping coach John Crawley, lauded for his success with Danny Vukovic and Maty Ryan, is unclear.

Technical director Tony Walmsley will take the reins until the end of the season and will have the big say in the full-time coaching appointment. As soon as the Briton returned to the club on February 19 – he was previously a long-serving youth coach – Moss’s days were numbered.

Despite Moss knowing Walmsley’s appointment put his own position in jeopardy, he was still in shock on Friday morning when the announcement was officially made.

It is understood the club offered Moss the chance to resign earlier in the week, thus avoiding a payout. But Moss held on, asking the club for more time. One rumour suggested the opening mutual termination offer was knocked back by the coach.

Over the past few months, repeat reports have emerged about the divide between the players and the coaching staff, with several unhappy at training and game-day tactics. The club’s once-famous culture has rapidly been eroded.

Much of the squad were left bewildered, in particular, at the strategy for the knockout match against Guangzhou R&F last month, a match the Mariners had to win to ensure their Asian Champions League qualification. While the players felt an attacking game plan was needed, they were frustrated at being ordered to defend deep. Guangzhou eased to a 3-1 win.

The club’s executive was also unhappy with the approach, not least because a $150,000 sponsorship from Chinese property developer Haisheng hinged on qualification to the group stages.

A string of botched foreign arrivals and underwhelming state league signings added to the discontent, with many underperforming players locked away for next season, restricting transfer opportunities for a new coach.

However, one of Moss’s allies told Fairfax Media the former Northern Spirit defender had a role to play in the game.

“Maybe it’s not as a head coach but as an assistant, I think he proved in his time under Arnie [ex-Mariners coach Graham Arnold] that he has plenty to offer,” he said. “It would be a shame to lose him. There surely is a role at another club for him.”

While established players have lamented the club’s changing values in the past year, the development approach of several younger players – particularly the training loads – has been also been a concern. Highly regarded teenage pair Anthony Kalik and Liam Rose are said to be contemplating a request to be released.

Youth team assistant coach Rui Tome walked out on the club after the final of the match of the National Youth League season, while coach Stu Jacobs’ plan to take the players on a off-season development tour was blocked, leaving youngsters to scramble and find last-minute state league contracts instead.


Source : The Canberra Times

Phil Moss and Central Coast Mariners part ways: Hutchinson new player/coach

Central Coast Mariners have announced that Head Coach Phil Moss has been stood aside, effective immediately. The Mariners are in negotiations with Moss in regards to his position and wished him all the best for his future endeavours in football.

Stepping in as interim Head Coach for the remainder of the Hyundai A-League 2014/15 campaign will be Central Coast Mariners newly appointed Technical Director, Tony Walmsley. The club will soon commence the search for a new permanent Head Coach with Walmsley to remain as the club’s Technical Director.

The decision is part of stage two of Executive Vice Chairman Peter Storrie’s restructure that will also see Hyundai A-League Assistant Coach Wayne O’Sullivan offered a new role at the club.

Stepping into a player/coach role will be Central Coast Mariners club Captain, John Hutchinson who will take on the dual-position until the end of his final campaign as a player. The specifics of Hutchinson’s coaching contract are yet to be finalised but fans, media and members can be rest assured that the club captain will remain with the Mariners in a coaching capacity beyond this season.

The next phase of the Central Coast Mariners restructure will also include a fresh look at the operation of youth football that will be made evident in the near future with further statements.

Source : Football Federation Australia Website

Central Coats Mariners looking to fly the flag for Australia, says Phil Moss

Sydney: Central Coast Mariners head coach Phil Moss has said his team are looking to fly the flag for Australia when they face Chinese club Guangzhou R&F in their AFC Champions League Play-off encounter on Tuesday night.

The positive mindset will be vital for the Mariners who are attempting to qualify for a fourth successive Group Stage appearance in Asia’s premier club competition. Guangzhou, meanwhile, are appearing in their first AFC Champions League campaign.

And despite a mediocre A-League season thus far, Moss believes the fact that Central Coast are representing Australia will hand his side a much needed boost for the game in Gosford.

“We feel that we walk out on the pitch tomorrow (Tuesday) night representing Australia, not just the Central Coast. It’s Australia vs. China and that’s the mentality we need to bring to the game,” Moss was quoted as saying by the club’s website.

“The mood in the camp is very positive. It’s a different mindset, a different focus and a welcomed distraction from the A-League as well.

“It’s a grand final, so we’ve got a very positive mindset, a very aggressive mindset, we’re at home, so it’s up to us to dictate proceedings and make sure we give Guangzhou a really rough night.

“We know that they’re a quick team, a mobile team and it’s going to be a very physical game. We’re looking forward to that and hopefully we can get the job done.”

The winners of Tuesday’s Play-off game will be placed in the AFC Champions League’s Group F alongside Japan’s Gamba Osaka, Seongnam FC of Korea Republic and Thai side Buriram United.

Photo: Central Coast Mariners

Source : Asian Football Confederation Website

Phil Moss denies rift with Central Coast Mariners skipper John Hutchinson

November 29, 2014

Happy camper: Central Coach Mariners coach Phil Moss.

Happy camper: Central Coach Mariners coach Phil Moss. Photo: Getty Images

Central Coast boss Phil Moss insists his relationship with skipper John Hutchinson is good and denies there are any issues between the pair.

Hutchinson reacted poorly when substituted in the second half of last Sunday’s 2-0 defeat by Adelaide United but the coach said the veteran midfielder has assured him he was not aiming his frustration at the coach.

“‘Hutch’ has said this week that it was nothing to do with me,” Moss told AAP.

“It was portrayed that it was Hutch and I, but all I did was give him permission to head up to the showers early to ice up a knock and calm down a bit.

“Hutch and I’s relationship is fantastic.”

Moss gave his players three days off this week following a gruelling run of fixtures and said the squad would make the short trip up the Pacific Motorway to face local rivals Newcastle on Sunday fully refreshed.

“The Adelaide game was our fifth in 15 games – that’s a game every three days,” he said.

“It was the end of a very hectic schedule so we’ve used this week to freshen the boys up and they’ve come back and the intensity has raised up a few levels.

“Everyone wants to play games but, after good points away at Melbourne City and then the Wanderers, we didn’t need the game against Adelaide in the heatwave that struck us on Sunday.”

There’s no love lost between the two A-League foundation clubs stemming from a tackle by former Mariners striker Nik Mrdja that broke the leg of ex-Jets defender Andrew Durante in the first meeting between the teams.

That incident led to a tunnel brawl between players from both sides and the bad feeling continued after the Jets beat the Mariners 1-0 in the 2008 grand final.

Moss expects another full-blooded encounter at Hunter Stadium especially with the two sides languishing at the wrong end of the table.

“The boys are ready to go to war on Sunday. It’s a local derby and it’s bragging rights for our supporters especially with where we are on the table,” Moss said.

“They were heavily defeated when they last played at home to Brisbane, shipping four goals.

“Their confidence may be a bit shaky in front of their supporters and we have to make sure we take advantage of that and ask a lot of questions of them early.”

Midfielder Nick Montgomery is suspended for the game but experienced striker Matt Simon is in line to lead the Mariners’ attack after recovering from a quad injury.



Source : The Canberra Times

Central Coast Mariners coach Phil Moss primed to face mentor Graham Arnold for the first time

October 26, 2014 – 10:00PM

Michael Cockerill

Mate against mate: Phil Moss (centre) will battle his former boss Graham Arnold this weekend.

Mate against mate: Phil Moss (centre) will battle his former boss Graham Arnold this weekend. Photo: Getty Images

It’s going to be a testing week for Phil Moss, perhaps harder than he might imagine. A year after he moved out of the shadow of Graham Arnold to become a head coach in his own right, he will find himself competing – directly – with his great mentor for the first time.

Two mates go to war? Not at all. But things will be different as Moss prepares to bring Central Coast Mariners across the Hawkesbury to take on Sydney FC next weekend. They have to be. Competition points are at stake.

In some ways, things are already different, and have been ever since Arnold took the Sky Blues job. They still get together socially, and always will. Their partners are great mates, they’re great mates, and always will be. Professional rivalry won’t diminish a rock-solid 17-year friendship, but there’s no doubt the ground has shifted, if only slightly. The truth is there’s less they can  discuss. It’s just the way it is.

Publicly, and privately, Moss lauds the influence Arnold has had on his life, and his career. Who knows where he’d be without it. Second-tier football is full of coaches with big ambitions but small opportunities.

After seven years at Manly United, Moss could have been trapped below the glass ceiling. But Arnold dragged Moss up through the hatch and made him his assistant coach at the Mariners. That was almost four years ago, and a symbiotic coaching partnership culminated in last year’s championship success. The moment they shared at the full-time whistle of the 2013 grand final was a special one. They were not to know then what we know now. That it may never be repeated.

When Arnold left Gosford, Moss stepped into his shoes. Big shoes, he was the first to admit. It’s taken a while, but a year later the Mariners are beginning to look more like his team and less like Arnold’s. That’s not to say Arnie’s DNA has disappeared. There remains a core of the same players and a similar playing style. But Moss remains determined to prove he is his own man, as he should be. Which is why next Sunday’s match at Moore Park is so symbolic.

Arnold, it needs to be said, is at the peak of his powers. He proved it once again with the way his team tactically dismembered the champions, Brisbane Roar. As a benchmark for homegrown coaches, only Ange Postecoglou rivals Arnold’s depth of knowledge and expertise. It’s no wonder Moss has been so grateful to learn from him.

Now we get a special insight into how well he has put those lessons into practice. Sydney FC have hit the ground running in the new season. Central Coast have been far less impressive. Moss knows he and his players are about to face a serious examination.

The underdog role is one Arnold utilised superbly during his time with the Mariners. Moss, you can be sure, will be just as keen to trade on the perception that no one gives his team a chance. Arnold, for his part, seems to be embracing the realisation that his new team start most games as favourites. He’s still got a soft spot for the Mariners all the same.

Ultimately, of course, it’s more about players than coaches. One of those players, Bernie Ibini, played for Moss last season and is now playing for Arnold. Briefly, it was a sore point, but a week later the two coaches were holidaying together in Hawaii. Business is business, but this is one friendship which is destined to endure. Whatever the future might hold.


Source : The Canberra Times

Central Coast Mariners boss Phil Moss turns to youth for Football Federation Australia Cup quarter-final against Palm Beach

October 13, 2014 – 9:25PM

Ian McCullough

Putting his faith in youth: Mariners coach Phil Moss.

Putting his faith in youth: Mariners coach Phil Moss. Photo: Getty Images

Central Coast boss Phil Moss will give youth a chance to shine in his team’s FFA Cup quarter-final against Palm Beach  on Tuesday.

The Mariners flew to the Gold Coast on Monday without eight of the side that beat Newcastle in Saturday’s A-League opener, with Nick Montgomery, Josh Rose and new signing Malick Mane among those given the night off before this weekend’s clash with Wellington.

But Moss  said he was not taking the Queensland Northern Premier League outfit lightly, despite their opponents having not played a competitive game for a month.

“I’ve got a squad of 24 all desperate to play in the first 11,” Moss said. “The squad will be the team that’s selected to win the game.

“It doesn’t matter if it’s FFA Cup or the A-League, it’s a game of football … a cup game where a full-time club is up against a semi-professional club.

“They’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain. They will be sentimental favourites.”

The Palm Beach side boasts A-League experience in the form of former Gold Coast United defender Kristian Rees and Wellington Phoenix centre-half Karl Dodd.  Moss said the game would be a good test.

“We have to learn to handle expectation, we are a quality side and don’t get the respect we deserve,” he said. “One result doesn’t make a season but we’ve had a good start.”

Young left-back Mickey Neill will make his competitive debut for the Mariners  after impressing in pre-season when  he came up against Melbourne City’s Damien Duff in a trial fixture in Lismore. Neill will replace the experienced Rose and is determined to use the game to stake a claim for a regular spot.

“The coach said I was close to being named on Saturday and now I’ve got the chance I have to show him what I can do,” Neill said. “I marked [Duff] when we played against Melbourne City and he was class.

“I learnt a hell of a lot from playing against him; his speed of thought and decision making were outstanding. He didn’t say much on the field to me and my first tackle on him was a foul. But overall I did OK and got a lot of confidence from it.”


Source : The Sydney Morning Herald

Central Coast Mariners re-sign coach Phil Moss on three-year deal

August 29, 2014

Dominic Bossi

Sports reporter

Thumbs up: Mariners coach Phil Moss has signed a three-year contract extension.

Thumbs up: Mariners coach Phil Moss has signed a three-year contract extension. Photo: Getty Images

Central Coast Mariners have made two long-term commitments to their football department by re-signing coach Phil Moss for three years while unveiling the A-League’s first scouting network.

After steering the club through a turbulent period of on and off-field transition last season, Moss was rewarded with a bumper three-year-deal that will keep him at the Mariners until the end of the 2016/17 A-League season. The new deal will tie the former Manly United coach to the Mariners for a total of seven seasons, having spent three years an assistant to former coach Graham Arnold before replacing him at the start of last season.

“I’m obviously very proud to have extended my contract with the Mariners, a club I love to work at and with,” Moss said.

“Our players represented the club tremendously last season,” he said. “We went through a tough patch in February, but the group showed its unity and ability as the campaign continued to finish high on the table.”

The long-term deal for Moss coincides with the unveiling of the Mariners’ five-man scouting network which will oversee the recruitment of talented teenagers from across NSW to restore the club’s proud youth development record.

The Mariners identified an urgent need to broaden their network and base of youth players beyond the coast in order to maintain a strong feeder club for the bigger leagues in Europe and Asia.

The Mariners were disappointed with the performance of their youth system last year with their National Youth League team finishing bottom of the table and have responded with the establishment of an A-League-first scouting program.

National Youth League coach Stu Jacobs will oversee the operations of the network which will provide funding for five scouts responsible searching only for the best young talent across the state to go into their youth system.

“We want the best players at the youngest age so we get the most time working with them,” Jacobs said. “If I get to work with a player for five years, four days a week, that player will be the finished product by the time they’re 17 or 18 not 20 or 21.”

Scouts Bobby Naumov, Craig Midgley, Luke Roodenburg, Steve Kelly and former Mariner Adam Kwasnik will report back to the club with a rating of a player composed by an individual assessment tailored for each position.

Players will be assessed on refined attributes relating to their technique, physical condition and personality that will be used across the club. The system is designed to streamline player assessment and maintain a quality across the club to remain a leading feeder team in Australia and continue receiving revenue from transfer fees.

The network was a brainchild of Moss and his assistant Wayne O’Sullivan but Jacobs says the importance of a youth scouting network has been proven by the success of some of the biggest clubs in Europe.

“The first thing Alex Ferguson did when he came into Man United was triple the scouting network so that was a big reason Beckham,  Giggs, Scholes, Nicky Butt and the Nevilles came through Manchester because they had come through the scouting network Ferguson put in place,” Jacobs said.

“It’s not rocket science, it’s going to work. You’ve got more people with more eyes and I guess my brief is that I need to produce players that we need to sell to make money or to put into Phil and Sully’s first grade team.”

Source : The Sydney Morning Herald