Former All White and New Zealand Olympic coach Stu Jacobs has been appointed the Central Coast Mariners' head of youth football.
Jacobs, who played 31 games for New Zealand, led the Oly Whites to the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the Junior All Whites to the 2007 under-20 World Cup in Canada.He was the Wellington Phoenix assistant coach in 2007-08 and now runs the Capital Kaizen Academy.
''The Mariners have a reputation of being one of the top A-League clubs in the country, so from that point of view it's a tremendous honour to be brought into the programme,'' Jacobs said.
''And obviously with the role that I've got - overseeing the youth academy to the youth team - they're the kids that I like to work with ... They [Mariners] want to produce from within, and they want to give kids the opportunity to make a living from the game overseas if they're good enough. Their vision is in line with how I see young players, so it all fit in really well.
"When I applied for the position the common theme that came through was that Mariners people are great people. So that was a real positive for me - I want to be involved with positive people every day, and I hope I can add to that.''
Mariners coach Phil Moss said that Jacobs' appointment was pivotal to the club's plans.
''We are going through an overhaul of our youth structure at the moment and I was looking for someone not just with experience in developing national youth league players, but with experience in developing international youth players,'' Moss said.
''Stu's record in New Zealand ... shows that he has worked at all levels of the game at the elite development level. He ticked all the boxes - he's a really honest guy, he's a very hard worker, he's an exceptional coach with a fantastic CV both as a player and as a coach, and he's absolutely dedicated to youth development.''
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