Central Coast Mariners’ owner Mike Charlesworth has announced the club will cease its controversial attempts to move games to North Sydney Oval, instead opting to host at least two A-League games per season at the home ground of English Premier League side Everton.
Answering questions from journalists at today’s announcement of a player development relationship between the troubled Central Coast team and the Premier League giant, Charlesworth admitted the club had erred in trying to move games to a stadium completely unsuited for hosting football matches, saying Goodison Park was a much better candidate.
“We’ve listened to the concerns of our fans about moving games to North Sydney Oval, and we feel changing the venue to a dedicated football stadium such as Goodison Park will alleviate those concerns.”
Fan spokesperson Allan Georgevski told FMF that fans won’t greet the news positively, saying the trip from Gosford to England may put some fans off.
“Gosford to North Sydney is bad enough. Add in the 40-hour round plane trip to the UK and some fans may feel that watching the team is starting to stretch their finances.”
Central Coast Mariners players were overjoyed with the announcement, with defender Zac Anderson telling reporters, “It’s the closest I’ll ever get to playing in the Premier League, so I’m definitely behind this idea.”