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Central Coast Mariners owner Mike Charlesworth announces team is up for sale

The A-League’s wooden spooners are set for a ‘daunting’ shake-up, with Central Coast Mariners officially up for sale.

Mariners owner Mike Charlesworth on Tuesday announced he intends to step away from the A-League strugglers, who picked up a fourth wooden spoon from the past five seasons despite Monday night’s thrilling 3-2 win over Melbourne Victory.

Charlesworth bought into the Mariners a decade ago, and become the club’s majority owner in 2013 – shortly before the club claimed its sole championship, under Graham Arnold.

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The England-based businessman has typically been viewed as the A-League’s most frugal owner, despite saving the club from financial disaster when buying his majority stake in 2013.

And tensions with fans have risen in recent years as he ran the club on an increasingly strict budget.

But with a bright crop of talented youngsters emerging, under first-year coach Alen Stajcic, Charlesworth believes the time is right for the club to move in a fresh direction.

“After 10 years of involvement with the Mariners, I feel the time is right for me to now step aside and to look for a new investor to take on the ownership of the Club,” Charlesworth said in a statement.

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“With a host of young talented players having broken into our first team and with a new independently run A-League around the corner it’s an exciting time for the club to grow and to now move forward under new ownership.”

No buyer has been identified as yet, with the club insisting it will “work through a due diligence process with interested parties”.

“Stay strong Mariners fans this is a daunting but hopefully exciting part of our wonderful history,” Mariners CEO Shaun Mielekamp wrote on Twitter.

Fifth-straight loss for MVC

A-League: Melbourne Victory have slumped to a record fifth-straight loss, with Central Coast claiming their first win in 13 matches with the 3-2 victory.

Originally published as‘Daunting’ shake-up as A-League battlers up for sale

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