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AFTER eight seasons in charge of Manly United, Phil Moss is moving on.
On Thursday the head coach met with the Central Coast Mariners’ executive chairman, Lyall Gorman, and agreed to a three-year deal with the A-League club.
Moss, as head coach, will be Graham Arnold’s second in charge and told The Manly Daily on Friday that he is “beyond excited” about the opportunity to coach at the highest level in Australia.
“I feel I have served my apprenticeship at state league level and always hoped I would be given the chance to work with the best players in the country,” he said.
“Manly United has been a great club to be involved with. I leave with some great memories.
“I would also like to think I am leaving the club in a better place than when I started.”
With the immediate focus of Arnold, who is assistant national coach, the fitness of the Socceroos leading into the World Cup, Moss will act as interim head coach.
It will also see him reunite with club captain Alex Wilkinson, midfielder John Hutchinson and utility Brad Porter, who he coached at Northern Spirit and Manly United.
The synergy of the Central Coast was also an appealing factor, with Moss drawing comparisons to the northern beaches lifestyle.
“I actually spent a season playing there in 1997 and it was great,” he said.
“I know the area well and I have always admired how the Mariners have embraced the community.
“To be honest, I couldn’t have landed at a more professional club.”
Sunday will be Moss’ last game in charge with Manly before Craig Midgley takes over the reins from Monday.
A loss against the Bankstown City Lions will see Manly outright last on the NSW Premier League after 12 rounds.
“We showed mid week against CC Strikers that we can finish, we just have to do it when it counts,” Moss said.
“Hopefully the boys took some confidence with the midweek cup result. We are a proud club and don’t want to finish anywhere near bottom of the competition.”
Gorman said Moss will be an invaluable addition for the club.
“Phil has done an exceptional job during his time coaching in the NSW Premier League,” he said.
“We are certain he will become an integral part of one of the A-League’s most successful coaching staffs.”