Goalkeeping guru Crawley departs Mariners

Australian goalkeeping guru John Crawley has parted ways with the Central Coast Mariners 10 years after joining the A-League outfit.

Crawley, who played his early career in Chile, was responsible for the development of Socceroo No.1 Mat Ryan and celebrated wild-child and A-League ace Danny Vukovic .

With an eye for up and coming talent, Crawley also succeeded in resurrecting the domestic career of Liam Reddy after a series of off-field dramas.

In addition to his Mariners commitments, Crawley worked with Aurelio Vidmar’s Olyroos, developing the next generation of goalkeepers.

Mariners head coach Tony Walmsley had nothing but praise for the departing Crawley whose legacy includes an A-League Championship and five AFC Champions League campaigns

“JC has been a great servant over the 10 years as a player, coach and analyst. He's a very professional operator with a strong skill set and deserves to prosper in future,” Walmsley said. 

“He's built his career at the Mariners and while Mathew Ryan will stand out as his greatest success, he will be fondly remembered by everyone.”

Nash, who played for the Mariners, Newcastle Jets and Sydney FC started his role as Goalkeeping Coach this week and Walmsley is confident that he is the right man for the job.  

“I'm delighted that Nashy has taken the opportunity to move into a coaching role,” Walmsley said.

“He's been coaching elite keepers for a long time and took on some work while JC was on International duty.

“The decision to retire from playing is not an easy one, but these opportunities are rare.

“Nashy is a great character, he's professional and has the respect of the playing group and with so many changes it was important to recruit someone we know and trust,” Walmsley said.  

The Central Coast Mariners wish John Crawley the best with his future endeavours.