Okon named Central Coast Mariners coach

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.