The A-League’s worst team of recent seasons – and arguably Australian sport’s worst team of the last half-decade – is suddenly taking the competition by storm.
And that’s despite a shoestring budget, an owner desperately hoping to sell the franchise, and a history of off-field woes to match years of dismal fortunes on the park.
No wonder their coach is now being heralded as a miracle worker.
The Central Coast Mariners on Tuesday night claimed a stunning 2-1 away win over heavyweights Perth Glory, beating a side in record-breaking goalscoring form in one of the toughest road trips in the league.
The result sees the NSW side assert itself atop the A-League ladder, having won four from the last five games and seven from 10.
Here’s how coach Alen Stajcic revitalised one of the roughest gems in Australian sport.
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