Sydney - Australia's Central Coast Mariners have appointed
former Socceroo and national youth coach Paul Okon as head coach for the next
two A-League seasons, the club said Monday.
Okon, 44, who had playing spells with Club Brugge, Leeds
United and Lazio in Europe, replaces Tony Walmsley, who was sacked earlier this
Midfielder Okon, who played 28 times for Australia, has
spent the last four years as the national under-20s head coach.
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"In Paul we have an outstanding candidate that covers
all areas for us," Mariners executive Peter Storrie said ahead of the new
season kick-off on October 7.
"His extensive knowledge of young players across the
country, understanding of the A-League and understanding of the Central Coast
Mariners were crucial decision making factors."
The Mariners, A-League champions just three years ago, are
looking to reverse their fortunes after winning just three games and finishing
bottom last season.For
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