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Luckless Mariners set to lose McCormack

Roster changes are afoot on the Central Coast after marquee man Ross McCormack left the A-League club during the transfer window.

Luckless Mariners set to lose McCormack

Roster changes are afoot on the Central Coast after marquee man Ross McCormack left the A-League club during the transfer window.

ROSS McCORMACK of the City controls the ball during an A-League match at AAMI Park in Melbourne, Australia.
ROSS McCORMACK of the City controls the ball during an A-League match at AAMI Park in Melbourne, Australia. Picture:Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images

Central Coast marquee Ross McCormack has played his last game for the A-League side after signing a loan deal with English Championship club Birmingham.

McCormack is currently home in Scotland rehabilitating from a knee injury, and had been linked with Motherwell before his parent club Aston Villa confirmed the Birmingham move.


After watching his side get pumped 5-2 by Sydney FC on Saturday, Mariners coach Mike Mulvey suggested some serious changes were afoot in Gosford.

The loss stretched their historic winless run to start a season to an 11th game.

"I think you guys (the media) need to be fair and have a look at the performances and say, 'these guys are still playing'," Mulvey said.

"They're having a go. They're giving as much as they possibly can.

"But there'll be something happening in the next few days."

Asked whether that meant player signings, Mulvey said: "Yes."

Pressed further on whether that meant a replacement for McCormack, Mulvey was diplomatic.

"I can't say anything until ... Aston Villa is the parent club," he said.

"But yes, we will be active."

McCormack was considered a major part of yet another Mariners rebuild this season, having been loaned out by Aston Villa on the eve of the campaign.

However the 32-year-old will depart after just five games for the club, scoring once, after suffering a knee injury in November.

His exit leaves the last-placed Mariners with a serious gap in star talent, with Mulvey forced to deploy youngster Jordan Murray and veteran Matt Simon up front with little success.

The former Brisbane mentor reached for positives in the lopsided result, and also believed his team were victims of some refereeing inconsistencies against the Sky Blues.

"Alex Wilkinson is a beautiful guy, but he went in on a two-footed challenge. If my player had not moved his left out of the way, that's a leg break," Mulvey said.

"Why don't we have a consistency in football? That was worse than Cisse's tackle. Or at least if the referee deemed that was a foul in the first place, then that's got to be a foul."

He also criticised the referee's decision to award Sydney FC a penalty for their second goal, despite replays showing Jacob Melling caught Adam Le Fondre with his trailing leg.

"I don't know any ex-footballer, or footballer who's still playing, that would give that if they were in that position," Mulvey said.

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