Sully's Say!

If you ever happen to have the opportunity to visit the Mariners training ground and are fortunate enough (like me now) to be able to enter the team gym, you will find a small, simple sign that sits discretely on the wall and says the following: "Attitude is a choice..."

If you ever happen to have the opportunity to visit the Mariners training ground and are fortunate enough (like me now) to be able to enter the team gym, you will find a small, simple sign that sits discretely on the wall and says the following: "Attitude is a choice..."

I found myself reading this yesterday while reflecting on my first week-s involvement at the Club and thought this summed it up nicely.

With all the activity over the past two weeks off the field in relation to management change, even the most well established organisations, experienced leaders, and associated cultures, could have been excused for being slightly distracted.

Since day one this particular Club has probably encountered more challenges than most of the original members of the Hyundai A-League. But the Club-s football department (now led by Phil Moss) has continually found ways to rise above these distractions and maintain a professional "attitude" at all times.

My first official match day was Friday night's game against Melbourne Victory. While initially the atmosphere in the dressing room after the game was one of disappointment due to our overall performance not meeting our usual high standards, by Monday morning this had switched to an atmosphere of optimism.

At the conclusion of the game on Friday on a wet and miserable night, this team had once again shown that when things are not in your favour and you aren't at your best, you can still have the right "attitude" and earn a result.

The theme for the week has been about focusing this positive "attitude" towards being better -- being better with the ball, being better without the ball, and being better than our last performance.

This week we welcome a Sydney team that three weeks ago were under a lot of pressure and now find themselves at the top end of the ladder due to several positive results.

History has generally shown that a below par performance from a Mariners team is usually followed by a positive reaction so it makes for a very interesting game on Saturday night.

We look forward to seeing you all there this week and for many more weeks at the home of the Mariners, Bluetongue Stadium. Kick off against Frank Farina-s Sky Blues is at 7:45pm.

Central Coast Mariners vs. Sydney FC - Hyundai A-League 2013/14 Round 9 Saturday 7 December, 2013 Bluetongue Stadium, Gosford Kick-off: 7:45pm Gates open: 6:30pm Tickets: Please CLICK HERE to purchase tickets to the match Twitter: Join the match conversation on Twitter! The official match hash-tag is #CCMvSYD Watch: Live on FOX SPORTS 1 &1HD Listen: Live on ABC Grandstand & Coast FM