Mariners acknowledge McKay's contribution

CENTRAL Coast Mariners wish to confirm that long serving Chief Executive Officer (CEO) John McKay will depart the Club following a period of transition under the organisation’s new ownership.

CENTRAL Coast Mariners wish to confirm that long serving Chief Executive Officer (CEO) John McKay will depart the Club following a period of transition under the organisation-s new ownership.

McKay has been a loyal servant of the Club over the past eight seasons of the Hyundai A-League, helping establish the franchise in 2004 from a blank sheet of paper.

Under McKay-s guidance over the past nine years, Central Coast Mariners have established a range of initiatives including:

• An A-League leading schools program in conjunction with Newcastle Permanent Building Society (MarinersACTIVE Schools Program), which now connects with over 10,000 local primary school students annually;

• The Ausgrid Mariners Mates program, providing 16,000 junior football players in Central Coast, Gladesville Hornsby, and Ku-ring-gai Football Associations the opportunity to access Mariners Hyundai A-League matches at Bluetongue Stadium free of charge;

• McKay has overseen the development of major corporate partnerships and developed the Club-s relationships at Local, State and Federal Government levels; and;

• The current partnership between the Club and Central Coast Football (CCF), incorporating the Mariners branded, CCF administered Central Coast Mariners Academy (CCMA) program. CCMA is specifically designed to provide a pathway for elite local juniors from the grassroots up to the Hyundai A-League and Westfield W-League levels and beyond.

There has also been a sustained period of on-field success during McKay-s tenure. The Club qualified for an A-League leading four Grand Finals, won one Hyundai A-League Championship, claimed two Hyundai A-League Premierships, and qualified for four AFC Champions Leagues.

Club Chairman, Mr Peter Turnbull, said: “Without John-s calm professionalism and guiding hand, many of the initiatives of the Central Coast Mariners Football Club could not have happened. He has been a key element in the foundation and success of the Club.”

Turnbull also confirmed McKay-s duties would be absorbed internally by an increased involvement by himself, and from existing staff resources.

Central Coast Mariners FC, its existing and past Directors, administration staff, coaches and players thank John McKay for his contribution to the Club and Central Coast football over the past nine years.