Caretaker coach Stajcic 'in talks' with Central Coast Mariners
Alen Stajcic has confirmed he is in discussions with Central Coast Mariners about becoming head coach on a permanent basis.
The Mariners impressed in a 3-1 win over Western Sydney Wanderers on Saturday night and Stajcic revealed in a post-match interview with Fox Sports his hopes for a full-time agreement to be reached "sooner rather than later".
Performances have improved since the 45-year-old replaced Mike Mulvey in a caretaker capacity and he guided the club to a second win in five matches – and third overall this season – thanks to Matt Simon's double at Central Coast Stadium.
Three defeats in between the two victories have done little to quell speculation Stajcic will be offered the top job.
"That hasn't been ratified just yet," Stajcic responded when asked whether he will be in charge next season.
"We're in talks and I'm hoping that will happen sooner rather than later, but that hasn't been finalised just yet.
"The main thing is that the playing group is in a positive mindset.
"We've got good intent in the team and that's really the most important thing at the moment."
Skipper Simon's double either side of half-time proved decisive in snapping the Mariners' four-game losing streak against Western Sydney.
The experienced striker praised the impact Stajcic has had since arriving at the club in March.
"I think everyone can see the change in mentality since Staj has come in," Simon said.
"He's huge on accountability and I think that's awesome – it's what you need to have. There are good signs ahead."