Central Coast coach Phil Moss has continued the F3 derby war of words, claiming Taylor Regan is envious of John Hutchinson and telling him to worry about his own team.
Interest in Saturday’s F3 derby has been enhanced with Hutchinson, ahead of his record-equaling 221st A-League appearance, and Regan’s comments in the media.
Hutchinson slammed the Newcastle Jets for failing to make the finals in the past four seasons.
In response, Regan ridiculed the Mariners’ fans and the club’s plans to re-locate, while sarcastically claiming it’d be a shame Hutchinson would start on the bench for his record-equaling appearance.
Moss moved in support of Hutchinson, before taking a pot shot at Regan.
“'Reags' is a good guy,” Moss said. “I’m sure he’d give his right arm to have 221 A-League appearances in the first team.
“Maybe there was a hint of envy in there. “
Moss continued: “A bit of advice for 'Reags', worry about his own team. He’s not picking our team.”
The Mariners mentor also leapt to the defence of Hutchinson, insisting there was nothing false in his comments this week.
“I’ve got no problem with that. Hutch is a died-in-the-wool Mariners man,” Moss said.
“He bleeds yellow and navy. He spoke his mind this week. I don’t think he said anything that wasn’t true.
“He’s sticking up for his club, which is what we have to do tomorrow night when we take to the pitch.”
As for Regan’s comments regarding the Mariners' fans, who he said didn’t travel for away games, Moss said he was sure they’d show their support at Hunter Stadium on Saturday night.
“That’s a nice little challenge for our supporters,” Moss said.
“We’ve got a great loyal band of supporters who’ve made a great atmosphere at Central Coast Stadium this season, albeit with smaller crowds this season so far.
“That’s a nice little challenge, a broadside from the Novocastrians towards our supporters, so I’m sure they’ll respond and come up the freeway to support the boys.”comments