Chairman Peter Turnbull writes to Mariners fans

IN my last update, I wrote about the situation regarding Gold Coast United and other matters concerning the Hyundai A-League. With recent press speculation about our Head Coach Graham Arnold, I deemed it necessary to issue another update to our fans.

Dear Fans,

There has been a substantial amount of media speculation recently suggesting that Graham Arnold has already signed with Sydney FC. In fact, what is true is that Sydney have tabled a very substantial offer for ‘Arnie-, which he is considering. However, we have recently lodged what we consider to be a very attractive counter-offer and have been speaking with Graham at every available opportunity.

What must also be remembered is that in the case of the Mariners, we have had Finals Series football and the AFC Champions League to play in recent weeks. As such, we have needed to be mindful not to interfere in any way with the teams- preparation as we have a clear desire to excel in every competition in which we compete.

Our offer for Graham Arnold to remain as Head Coach of our club is for an increased amount, and for an additional season. Ultimately, it will be Arnie-s decision, and whatever decision he makes we will support him, as we do with all our coaches and players. That is the nature of our club.

It would be great for Members and fans to turn up in force tomorrow night to show their support for Arnie and urge him to stay at the helm of our first team. We have a crucial game against Chinese Super League side Tianjin Teda at Central Coast Stadium, with kick-off scheduled for 7:30pm.

In the coming days I will circulate a more comprehensive column detailing information about our current ownership situation, the progress of our impressive Centre of Excellence in Tuggerah, as well as my thoughts on the state of the game in Australia. Rest assured, the team, staff and shareholders of the Central Coast Mariners are positive about the future of your football club, and we know we can count on your full support as we look to build on our successful 2011/12 season.

Central Coast Mariners Chairman, Peter Turnbull