Central Coast axe Moss

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A-League Rd 16 - Central Coast v Sydney

Former champions announced today that Phil Moss has been made to step down from his position as head coach, effective immediately.

The side have struggled to find domestic form and are currently outside of the A-League playoff picture with eight games remaining. Last month the 2013 champions failed to reach the AFC Champions League group stage after a 3-1 home loss to Guangzhou R&F in the qualifying third round.

Technical Director Tom Walmsley will assume the role of interim coach until a new head coach is appointed, while captain John Hutchinson will combine his playing role with coaching duties, continuing beyond the conclusion of his playing career at the end of the season.

An official statement said that Executive Vice Chirman Peter Storrie, who is undertaking “stage two” of a club restructure, was responsible for the decision.

Current assistant coach Wayne O’Sullivan will remain at the club and the Mariners are preparing to offer the 41-year-old former Swindown Town and Plymouth Argyle midfielder a new contract, potentially in a new capacity with the organization.

The club’s restructure also involves further revision of their youth development systems.

A quick turnaround from the decision to their next game will see Central Coast host Melbourne City on Sunday, March 8. The club has declined to comment further on their decision.