End of an era: McKinna severs formal ties with Mariners

Central Coast Mariners have acknowledged the end of an era as former foundation coach Lawrie McKinna severed formal links with the club on Monday.

McKinna, the Mayor of Gosford City Council, stepped down as official ambassador after a decade of proud service to the club.

As a coach he led the club to two A-League Grand Finals and the 2008 A-League Premiership title.

After the 2009/10 season McKinna transitioned into an administrative role at the club, first as Football and Commercial Operations Manager, then as Director of Football.

He also spent time abroad as coach of Chengdu Blades in the Chinese Super League, and Chongqing Lifan in China’s League One.

McKinna was present at the club’s F3 Derby 1-1 draw against Newcastle Jets on Sunday, and noted on his official Facebook page that he remains a Mariners fan.

The Mariners said they hoped to continue a close relationship with McKinna, however accepted his decision to stand down as the club’s official ambassador.

McKinna is an A-League commentator on ABC Radio, and will be part of the ABC’s call team alongside Steve Allan at North Sydney Oval this Friday night when the Gosford outfit takes on Melbourne Victory

Central Coast have struggled to keep pace with the league leaders this season and currently sit in sixth spot on six points.