Monty’s Parting Words: Reflecting on Departure from Central Coast

Nick Montgomery: Central Coast Mariners’ Best Ever Team Under Mark Jackson

Former Central Coast Mariners head coach Nick Montgomery had a reassuring message for his successor, Mark Jackson, before departing: “You’re taking over the best ever Mariners team.” Jackson, who arrived ahead of the 2023-24 season after Montgomery led the team to a championship, has not disappointed, as the Mariners currently sit in second place in the Isuzu UTE A-League, just three points behind the leaders. Additionally, the team has advanced to the AFC Cup Inter Zonal Final.

Despite a tumultuous off-season that saw Montgomery leave for Scottish Premiership side Hibernian, the Mariners have managed to thrive. The departure of key players such as Jason Cummings, Sammy Silvera, Nectar Triantis, Beni Nkololo, and others did not hinder the team’s success. Montgomery, known for his focus on youth development and providing a path for players to move overseas, attributes the team’s strengths to this philosophy.

Reflecting on his time in Gosford, Montgomery expressed pride in the team he left behind for Jackson to take over. He highlighted the value and quality of the players, emphasizing the talent and potential that the Mariners possessed. Recruitment efforts, including bringing in visa players and nurturing young talent, have been key to shaping the team’s success.

Montgomery’s new challenge at Hibernian has been markedly different, transitioning from a youthful squad in the A-League to a more experienced team in the Scottish Premiership. Despite the challenges, Montgomery remains optimistic about the progress being made both on and off the field. He credits the support of the club’s owners and acknowledges the importance of time for substantial change to take effect.

In closing, Montgomery commends Jackson, the players, and the staff for the continued success of the Mariners under new leadership. He believes that the team’s sustainable structure, built on a foundation of talent and teamwork, will pave the way for future achievements. With a strong belief in the potential of the Mariners, both on paper and in their collective value, Montgomery’s legacy continues to fuel the team’s aspirations for another championship.

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