Former Australia international Paul Okon has been announced as coach on the Central Coast Mariners.
Paul Okon has been appointed coach with the Central Coast Mariners, the A-League outfit announced on Monday.
Okon, 44, joins the club on a two-year deal following the sacking of Tony Walmsley.
Walmsley was let go just after the Mariners crashed out with the FFA Cup round of 32, beaten by state-league side Green Gully earlier in August.
Okon stated he was excited to begin his 1st specialist senior coaching gig as the Mariners look to bounce back following a disappointing 2015-16 campaign.
“We choose to give our supporters, the people who’ve been loyal to this club a explanation to help keep coming back to Central Coast Stadium and we would like to give new men and women a explanation to come and watch this group play football,” Okon stated.
“After a disappointing season we wish to develop our supporter base plus the only way we can do that may be by playing a brand of football that’s going to excite persons and get people today talking about our club once more.
“I really feel very excited and cannot wait to get started. Hopefully I can bring a thing to the club and get the Central Coast Mariners back to exactly where all of us want them to become and that’s winning football games.”
Okon – a former Lazio, Middlesbrough and Leeds United player – retired in 2007 and took to coaching the following year.
The 28-time Australia international began as an interim coach at New South Wales state-league outfit APIA Leichhardt, and was then assistant to Miron Bleiberg at now-defunct A-League side Gold Coast United.
He has considering that been in the forefront of youth development as the Australia Under-20s coach, seeing 11 of his players go on to create senior Socceroos debuts.
Okon will run his initial training session as Mariners coach on Tuesday, with the A-League season to kick off on October 7.