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Struggling Mariners reject McKinna help

  • Struggling Mariners reject McKinna help

They are in possibly the worst position of their A-League history, but Central Coast still rebutted an offer of help from former coach and now mayor of Gosford Lawrie McKinna.

The cash-strapped Mariners are staring straight down the barrel of their first-ever wooden spoon, in dead last place with a piffling five points from 12 matches.

Saturday night's 4-1 belting by Sydney FC only compounded their woes, leaving them with a club-record sixth-straight defeat and seven points adrift of nearest rival Perth.

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Coach Tony Walmsley is under no pressure from management, having followed through on his mandate to thrill and not worry about winning.

The club confirmed on Monday they had said thanks but no thanks to an approach from McKinna, who took the Mariners to two grand finals and a premiership between 2005 and 2010.

McKinna told News Corp Australia he'd never bought into the all-out attacking approach.

He said it pained him to see the "confidence draining" from players and fans alike, and thought he could use his good relationship with fans and his knowledge of the football to help set Central Coast back on track.

"I couldn't sit back and watch what was happening. I got in touch with the club the other day and offered my services," he said.

"I told them I didn't want the coaching job, but thought I could help with my experience on and off the field.

"I've been through these tough times before so I know how to handle these situations ... I really thought I could do something to get the fans back ... but the club got back to me and said they didn't need me."

It comes as the players' union confirmed Central Coast are still yet to pay outstanding superannuation to some players three days out from deadline.

Professional Footballers Australia (PFA) are pressuring the Mariners to pay by December 31, which was agreed to as part of the new collective bargaining agreement ratified by the union and Football Federation Australia earlier this year.

If payments are not settled by then, the club faces the possibility of player walkouts, transfer embargoes or points deductions.

Brisbane, Adelaide and Newcastle also still owe money in either superannuation or other payments, but the Mariners remain PFA's biggest concern.

Earlier this month chief executive Shaun Mielekamp remained positive the matter would be resolved in time despite admitting they had "a bit of work to do".

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