Mariners caretaker boss Alen Stajcic can see a brighter future on the sunny Central Coast if the whole community and club pull together.
The bottom-placed Mariners are confirmed as the wooden spoon club for this season after a disastrous spell under sacked coach Mike Mulvey.
But the Gosford outfit plays their final game of the season this Friday with a dash of momentum behind them.
Stajcic’s men dominated an in-form Western Sydney Wanderers last time out and Stajcic believes this could be the platform for a much larger momentum shift going into the off-season.
But the club needs to bring the Coast together, he says, just like the glory years of 2012/13.
“Everyone wants to be associated with a successful team and a team that gives the fans hope,” he said on Wednesday.
“I hope it [the 3-1 win over Wanderers] gives the fans encouragement that we’re heading down the right path.”
Mariners skipper Matt Simon netted from a free-kick and a set-piece either side of half-time before Kye Rowles headed in his first A-League goal, only to be red-carded in the 71st minute.
“It was the first game since I’ve been here where we dominated from start to finish.
“Encouraging signs for me and hopefully for the community and they’ll follow us in greater numbers.
“It’s the whole package, from sponsorship to the crowds, to the playing group and the whole staff at the club we need all pulling together if we’re going to be a successful regional club.
“As we move into the off-season we really get everyone’s support from every part of the Central Coast community to build a really strong foundation for next year.
“All the different parts are really important and the 5000 fans we had [against Wanderers] was good given the circumstances around the club and hopefully we can build on that.”
The Mariners will take on Melbourne City on Friday night with centreback Rowles serving the first of a three-game suspension.
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