Mulvey, Papas candidates for Mariners job

Mike Mulvey and Arthur Papas have emerged as candidates for the Central Coast Mariners' head coaching position.

Phil Moss was axed as Mariners coach on Friday, with technical director Tony Walmsley appointed as interim boss for the rest of the season.

Captain John Hutchinson will assist Walmsley in a player-coach role.

Mulvey was sacked by Brisbane Roar last year and has recently joined Malaysian side Sabah in a technical director capacity.

Papas, who has served as an assistant at Newcastle Jets and was in charge of the India Under-23s, recently left his role at Indian club Dempo SC.

The 2011 Victorian Premier League Coach of the Year resigned after three years with Dempo and has recently returned to Australia.

FourFourTwo understands that Mulvey and Papas are two of the names in contention, but the Mariners will also consider appointing an overseas coach.

One Mariners player admitted to FourFourTwo that Moss’ sacking came as “surprise”.

“You are always surprised when anyone gets the sack but that is football and all you can do is try and get some good results to build for next season,” he said.

Moss took over at Central Coast in November 2013 after the departure of Graham Arnold.

The former Manly United coach has a record of 20 wins, nine draws and 22 losses in his 16 months with the Mariners.

Under Moss the club has won just three A-League games from 19 in 2014-2015, and currently sit in eighth place on the ladder.

They were also beaten in the play-off round of the AFC Champions League.

The Mariners face Melbourne City at Central Coast Stadium on Sunday.