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A-League: Central Coast Mariners Focus

Central Coast Mariners head into the 2023/24 A-League campaign as the reigning premiers following their grand final success last season.

However, there have been plenty of changes during the off-season and it remains to be seen if they will be able to mount a strong defence of their title.

One thing the Mariners have proven to be great at down the years is proving the doubters wrong, and they will be out to do that again in the season ahead.

They are still seen as a massive threat to Melbourne City and can be backed at 6.00 to win the A-League grand final this season.

What2023/24 A-League season
WhereVenues across Australia and New Zealand
WhenFriday 20th October 2023 - May 2024
How to watchNetwork 10, Paramount+
OddsMelbourne City 3.80, Central Coast Mariners 6.00, Western Sydney Wanderers 7.00 , Adelaide United 8.00, Sydney FC 8.00

Jackson appointed Mariners coach

Mark Jackson has been appointed as the new head coach of the Mariners following the departure of Nick Montgomery during the off-season.

Montgomery worked wonders during his time in Gosford, guiding the club to the Championship last season, and they will be huge boots to fill.

Scottish side Hibernian snapped up the Englishman, but the Mariners feel they have landed a more than adequate replacement in the form of Jackson.

Another Englishman, Jackson worked as a first-team coach with Leeds United in the Premier League, before taking on a role as head coach of English side MK Dons.

Jackson now gets the chance to shine with the Mariners and the players have already spoken out to say how impressed they are with his fresh coaching methods.

The training has been intense and Jackson, who is a young, forward-thinking coach, says he wants to see even more improvement from his players.

Only time will tell if Jackson can guide the Mariners to more success, but the early signs look promising.

Cummings will take some replacing

The loss of star striker Jason Cummings is as big blow for the Mariners, and his goals will take some replacing.

Cummings was huge in the Mariners grand final success last season and he scored 30 goals in 49 appearances for the club.

The Scotland-born, Socceroos international, has since moved to the Indian Super League club Mohun Bagan Super Giant, and he will be a huge loss.

The Mariners have brought in Colombian forward Angel Torres as his replacement and they will be relying on the 23-year-old to get among the goals.

Former star Alou Kuol is back on board and, if he can show the kind of goal-scoring form that he did in his first spell, he will help fill the void left by Cummings’ departure.

Opening fixtures

Central Coast Mariners begin their Championship defence with a tough opening away game against Adelaide United.

United are also expected to be up there this season and the Mariners are priced at 2.90 to kick-off the season with a win. Adelaide are priced at 2.25, while the draw is available at 3.60.

The week after the Mariners entertain Macarthur FC in their first home game of the season, before a trip over to the west to take on Perth Glory.

There are a further two games in November with a home game against Brisbane Roar and short trip to Newcastle Jets on the cards.

The fixtures represent a good opportunity for the Mariners to get the season off to a strong start.

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