A-League membership Central Coast Mariners are in bother after their chairman/proprietor mentioned he’s leaving the crew.
- Reuters Melbourne
- Last Updated: August 4, 2020, 12:24 PM IST
Australian soccer membership Central Coast Mariners, who introduced in Olympic dash nice Usain Bolt for a high-profile trial in 2018, face an unsure future with its chairman/proprietor saying on Tuesday he’s leaving the crew.
Mike Charlesworth, who helped save the Gosford-based strugglers from monetary damage in 2013, mentioned he would promote his majority stake or hand it again to the A-League if he couldn’t discover a purchaser.
“After 10 years of involvement with the Mariners, I feel the time is right for me to now step aside and to look for a new investor to take on the ownership of the Club,” the Briton mentioned in a membership assertion.
The Mariners, who beat Melbourne Victory 3-2 in western Sydney on Monday of their final recreation of the season, will end backside for the fourth time in 5 campaigns.
Mariners Chief Executive Shaun Mielekamp instructed Australian media he was “optimistic” a purchaser may very well be discovered to maintain the crew on the Central Coast however conceded its future was unknown.
Charlesworth’s chairmanship began in 2013 with a direct triumph because the Mariners claimed their maiden title below Graham Arnold.
But the membership rapidly fell on onerous occasions and the chairman has angered followers for working the crew on a shoestring funds.
The Mariners loved a quick surge of worldwide publicity when eight-times Olympic champion Bolt got here to the sleepy Central Coast in jap New South Wales state however the Jamaican was unable to agree phrases and left after a number of months.
England-based Charlesworth instructed Australian broadcaster SBS that he had tried to herald funding from European golf equipment however the Covid-19 pandemic had modified all the pieces.
“Everyone is suffering from top to bottom but even more so the small to medium-sized clubs,” he mentioned.
“The global market has been very hard hit.”
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