A-League champion Central Coast has appointed former England under-20 representative Mark Jackson as the replacement for departed title-winning coach Nick Montgomery.
Jackson joins the Mariners after a failed six-month stint at English lower division club MK Dons, who were relegated under his tenure to the fourth-tier League Two competition.
Despite his sacking, Jackson was endorsed by Montgomery, who left the Mariners earlier this month to take charge of Scottish club Hibernian.
“I want to play front-foot football and dominate every part of the game,” said Jackson, who turns 46 on Saturday.
“That is my philosophy, that is how I want my teams to play, and that is what I will bring to the Central Coast.
“The club is in a fantastic position, so I want to continue that good work and help the club grow and continue to move forward.”
Mariners sporting director Matt Simon was confident Jackson would be a ‘fantastic addition” to the Gosford-based club.
“After the very first conversation we had with Mark, it was very clear he is the right person to lead the club into the future,” Simon said.
“His experience and track record with youth development was a standout and fits in with exactly what we want to continue to do at the club.”
Before his spell with MK Dons, Jackson worked with Leeds United, where his roles included academy mentor, under-23 coach and first-team assistant coach.
Mariners chairman Richard Peil said: “The search for replacement leadership has taken centre stage. While we had a substantial number of applications from people around the world, Mark immediately showed that he is the perfect fit for our club.
“With our focus on youth development, it was a no-brainer when Mark put his hand up for the role.
“Mark will fit seamlessly into the community and is a great cultural fit for us as a club.”