New Central Coast A-League coach Mike Mulvey wants to rouse a club he considers the sleeping giant of the A-League.
Englishman Mulvey won an A-League title in 2014 with Brisbane, but left early the following season after the Roar made a poor start.
Mulvey, having coached in Malaysia and Thailand since leaving the Roar, said he was up to the challenge of reviving the Mariners' fortunes.
They won the the title in 2013, but had since been among the league's stragglers, missing out on finals and invariably finishing in the bottom three.
"I think it's probably a very over-achieving club if you look at the history of the A-League," said Mulvey, contracted until the end of the 2019/20 season.
"I'm delighted to be here because I think that it's a bit like a sleeping giant - it's ready to awaken.
"I'm hoping that I can come and help inspire the club to greater achievements in the future."
Mulvey hoped to continue the Mariners' success in producing and developing Socceroos, with Mile Jedinak, Trent Sainsbury, Matt Ryan, Tom Rogic and Mustafa Amini, among those who had graduated to national honours after honing their craft at the club.
"I want to bring players here who have got aspirations to be playing overseas, and they can come to the Mariners and show what they can do in the A-League," Mulvey said.
"I don't like to think of the A-League as just a development league. It's a league that you want to try and win.
"But the fruits of victory basically ensure that some of our better players get noticed by bigger clubs around the world and they do move on.
"I want to develop the next Socceroo and why can't he come from the Central Coast Mariners?"
He said it had been important to get to the club before the end of the season, so he could see the players in action in Saturday's final-round match against Newcastle.
"We might not be able to afford the luxury of a Bobo or somebody like this in regard to top-tier players," Mulvey said.
"But we're going to get players here who want to represent the club and, when they put the jersey on, they want to go out and play for Central Coast Mariners."