Coach Phil Moss has signed a two-year contract extension with Central Coast Mariners until the end of the 2016/17 A-League season.
Moss guided the Mariners to third place last season after taking over the reins from J-league bound, and now Sydney FC coach, Graham Arnold in November.
He also led the club to within minutes of qualification for the knockout phase of the 2014 AFC Champions League.
The England-born former NSL defender spent three years as Arnold’s assistant before being promoted to the top post.
"I’m obviously very proud to have extended my contract with the Mariners, a club I love to work at and with,” Moss said on Friday.
The 42-year-old is just the club’s third coach since it was formed in 2004 with Lawrie McKinna at the helm.
“For (Chairman) Mike Charlesworth, the board, and our CEO Bruce Stalder to have entrusted me to head up our football department for the next three years underlines how committed Mike is to the club, and highlights that we’re all on the same page in regards to where we see the Mariners now and into the future” he said.
“Football is a team game and it takes a team effort to achieve success.
“Over the past few months, Mike has invested significantly in the club to allow us to begin putting in place a holistic football philosophy which not only concerns the first team, but also addresses youth and community pathways.”
Moss also acknowledged the role of his squad in helping him secure his extended deal.
“Our players represented the club tremendously last season,” he said. “We went through a tough patch in February, but the group showed its unity and ability as the campaign continued to not only finish high on the table.
“Certainly the performances of our players helped instill belief into everyone at the club that the future is bright, and I am looking forward to leading this wonderful club and football team into what promises to be a memorable 10th anniversary season.”
Moss has bolstered the squad’s attacking ranks in the off-season with Senegalese striker Malick Mane joining on loan from Swedish outfit IFK Göteborg for the 2014/15 campaign and former Hungarian youth international, Hungarian Richard Vernes, on loan from Budapest Honved for the next two seasons.
Bruce Stalder said Moss was the right person to take the club forward over the coming years.
“He has a wide range of experience in the game, from first team management through to youth development and grassroots and community football coaching.
“At just 42 Phil is one of the up-and-coming coaches in Australian football – as recognised by his recent involvement with the Foxtel A-League All Stars – so we’re delighted to have been able to provide him with the stability and support he needs to ensure that the Mariners continue to challenge for domestic silverware, and qualify regularly for the AFC Champions League.”