Coach Jackson Confident Despite Mariners' Opening Loss
|Ben Halloran of United and Lucas Mauragis of Wellington Phoenix during the A-League Men's Elimination Final match between Adelaide United and Wellington Phoenix at Coopers Stadium on May 05, 2023, in Adelaide, Australia(Image-Getty)
The new head coach of the Central Coast Mariners, Mark Jackson, expressed his unwavering confidence in the team's ability to rebound despite a disappointing 3-0 season opener loss against Adelaide United. Jackson, who took over the coaching reins from Nick Montgomery last month, stepped into the role following Montgomery's departure for Scottish Premiership side Hibernian, subsequent to the Mariners' triumphant A-League Grand Final win against Melbourne City.
During the match at Hindmarsh Stadium, the Mariners conceded goals from Ben Halloran, Zach Clough, and Nick Ansell, setting a challenging tone for the beginning of the season. However, despite this setback, Jackson exhibited faith in his young and ambitious squad, emphasizing their potential for growth and the ability to secure victories.
Jackson's role also involves rejuvenating a team that has seen the departure of key players instrumental in clinching the club's first A-League title in nearly a decade. Notably, winger Sam Silvera departed for English Championship side Middlesbrough, while top scorer Jason Cummings made a move to India to join Mohun Bagan.
Acknowledging the club's player development model, Jackson highlighted the Mariners' commitment to nurturing young talent and providing them with opportunities to flourish on a global stage. In light of these changes, Jackson recognized the challenges and pressures that a youthful team might face but remained optimistic about their prospects for improvement, both individually and collectively, as the season progresses.