The Mariners are looking to learn from past mistakes as they begin their journey to find a new coach for the fourth time in as many years.

However there is one key difference to the job criteria that hasn’t been a prerequisite in the past.

Experience.

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That’s according to Central Coast CEO Shaun Mielekamp, who has been at the club since the days of Tony Walmsley in 2015.

“Football’s a tough industry,” said Mielekamp.

“We need a coach who can understand everything we do, our philosophy as a club and how to evolve it and take it forward.

“Someone with a lot of experience and credibility, and the ability to give us some new ideas, some other options on and off the pitch and some real leadership.”

If that criteria were implemented over the past decades it would have ruled out the signings of Phil Moss, Walmsley and Paul Okon, all of whom were handed their first professional gig at Gosford.

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And with an increasingly international flavour within our A-League coaching contingent perhaps now is the right time to look on the shelves a little closer to the top.

So who could be on the list? Odds show Irish caretaker coach Wayne O’Sullivan on short odds with high-calibre coaches in Ricki Herbert, Aurelio Vidmar and Tony Popovic also featuring.

“There’s a long list,” explains Mielekamp.

“But there’s a lot more clarity as to what we’re looking for moving forward.

“The type of coach we’re after, the type of personality, but we will take our time to make sure we get it 100% right.

“It could be the most important appointment in the history of the club. We can’t make any mistakes.”

It is widely reported that Okon became increasingly frustrated with budget constraints having only been provided with 90 per cent of the salary cap to work with.

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His replacement will have to work within the same measures, something the CEO says can be managed.

“We’d been in conversations for some time about what the future looks like and it was quite clear that the future became untenable with Paulo,” says Mielekamp.

“We’ve got to live within our resources that we’ve got. We have to be smarter, we have to make sure there’s no mistakes, there’s a lot more pressure on every detail of what we do.

“For the last two years we’ve stepped in a positive direction and we have to make sure the next step is another step forward. There’s been tough times, but there’s also been some good times.

“Can we compete? Absolutely.”

Talk is cheap for Mariners fans after seeing their most promising coaching appointment of the decade fall flat in disappointment.

“Paulo” may have not left the legacy he dearly wanted to but hey, at least the world is better off thanks to this gem:

 

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