January signings to bolster bottom-placed Mariners

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After yet another defeat, and with it a bitterly disappointing end to 2018, Mike Mulvey admits some personal changes will be looked at.

Mulvey’s admissions came after his bottom of the table Central Coast Mariners went down 4-1 at home to Perth Glory on New Year’s Eve, a traditional fixture for the Yellow and Navy.

The Mariners have won only one game in 2018, which was a 1-0 win over the Wellington Phoenix last season back in February.

When Mike Mulvey took over as Mariners coach in April, he made 15 new signings to his playing roster, hoping to change the fortunes of the club. Since then, they are winless from ten matches this season and have only managed two draws.

As a result of their poor form, Mariners coach Mike Mulvey says he’s looking to bring in some more signings in the January transfer window.

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“We’re looking at January to see if we can turn some things around with possibilities of signings”, Mulvey said.

“I’ve had some good talks upstairs, we’re looking to see what we can do. We are looking at the players that could potentially come in and help us, so stay posted”.

The Mariners have infamously been short on funds over the years but it appears owner Mike Charlesworth has faith in his manager despite the poor results and he is willing to back him financially.

It is a fresh approach by Charlesworth, mirrored by the expansion of the A-League, as now he feels it is worthy to invest.

There has been much speculation about who the Mariners might be able to bring to the club in January with former Melbourne Victory striker and A-League all-time goal scorer Besart Berisha linked with his old Brisbane Roar manager Mulvey. Although tight-lipped about the situation, Mulvey said they likely won’t be looking overseas.

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“The thing about foreigners is if you go and bring a foreigner in, they’ve got to wait six-weeks before they get their Visa so you’re into the middle of February before you do that, so that might not be possible” said Mulvey.

“This group of players is honest and they give their best and they try. We’ve fallen short in certain circumstances so we know where we want to try and strengthen”.

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