Walmsley tipped for Mariners role

Former Central Coast assistant coach Tony Walmsley is poised to return to the Mariners in a new recruitment role.

Walmsley, who previously assisted Graham Arnold at the club and coached the Mariners’ National Youth League team, will rejoin the A-League outfit in the coming weeks, FourFourTwo understands.

English-born Walmsley ran the Mariners NYL side for three seasons, winning the competition in 2012 and leading them to three top two finishes.

The coach helped bring through talents such as Bernie Ibini, Mat Ryan and Mustafa Amini and also founded the Mariners’ Academy.

He left the Mariners in 2012 to become Sheffield Unite’s head of Academy Recruitment in the UK.

It is believed Walmsley is joining the Mariners as head of recruitment, helping scout and sign new players.

Walmsley was unavailable for comment at the time of writing.

He has been involved in Australian football for over 20 years, holding development roles with Football Federation Tasmania, Football NSW, Football Queensland and ran Manchester United’s Oceania Academy partnership with Parramatta Eagles..