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Matildas sacking no motivation for new Mariners coach Stajcic

02:49 GMT 12/03/2019
Alen Stajcic
The new man on the Central Coast won't be bringing his recent drama with him

Just months after being sacked as Matildas coach, Alen Stajcic has landed on his feet quickly after being appointed the Central Coast Mariners caretaker coach for the remainder of the season.

Stajcic replaces Mike Mulvey at the helm after the Mariners lost 8-2 to Wellington Phoenix on Saturday and the new coach stressed his focus is on turning the club around and not proving anyone wrong in relation to his own recent dismissal. 

"Everyone’s got their own motivations, but for me to drag any of my past into this would be wrong," Stajcic said.

"There's a group and a club here that really needs to focus on what it needs to do to deliver in the short-term.

"For me to drag my baggage into this environment really wouldn’t be productive. It’s in the past and there’s a time to move forward for me and the club as well."

The 45-year-old only began discussions with the club about the role on Sunday and admitted he's yet to contemplate taking the position on long-term.

Stajcic's immediate focus is instead on helping the Mariners overcome their mental demons and ensure the club returns to its former glory.

"It’s a mental battle rather than a physical or tactical battle. It’s a hard part to fix but it’s also one of the quickest to get right," he said. 

"I’m really proud to be here and representing the club.

"A healthy Central Coast almost means a healthy A-League. We want the A-League to prosper and Central Coast is a central part of that.

"When Central Coast was going well it showed the competition was doing well."

Set to be his first coaching role in men's football, Stajcic stressed the transition isn't something he's worried about. 

"I’ve been involved in men’s football my whole life - watching the Socceroos since I was seven years old," he said. 

"For me it’s not about coaching males or females…it’s about coaching football."