Mike Phelan will not be continuing as sporting director of A-League club Central Coast following his permanent appointment as Manchester United’s assistant manager, according to UK media reports.
Central Coast coach Mike Mulvey insists his focus isn’t clouded by the mystery surrounding Usain Bolt’s future at the club despite fresh reports a deal is on the table.
The eight-time Olympic sprint champion-turned A-League hopeful didn’t travel with the Mariners for their season opener in Brisbane on Sunday, which ended in a 1-1 draw.
Reports surfaced mid-contest he was instead in Melbourne pondering a deal tabled over the weekend by club boss Shaun Mielekamp.
Bolt’s long-time agent Ricky Simms later confirmed the offer had been tabled, which was apparently news to the man he would be coached by.
“I don’t know anything about what you’re talking about and that’s god’s honest truth,” he said.
The 32-year-old scored twice against non-A-League opponents in a trial game last weekend but has received mixed reviews since joining the Gosford-based club in a deal that has captured the attention of the sporting world.
Mulvey insists he isn’t getting caught up in the hype now the season is upon him.
“I have a real good plan,” he said.
“That is, we’re going to go back, have some dinner, have a little look at the game that’s on … then get on a plane tomorrow, go home and start preparing for Melbourne City next week.
“That’s the plan.”
The coach said he had no update to give when pressed post-match but couldn’t resist a critique of the Jamaican hopeful.
“I do appreciate how important this story is for the rest of the world,” he said.
“But you have a look at our frontline today and you wonder if he could get into any of those positions, wouldn’t you?”