Phil Moss

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Phil Moss
Personal information
Date of birth (1971-10-05) 5 October 1971 (age 46)
Place of birth London, England
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992 Manly-Warringah
1997 Central Coast United
1998 Eastern Suburbs
1998–2000 Northern Spirit
2000 Fraser Park FC
2000–2001 Northern Spirit
2002–2004 Manly-Warringah
2004–2005 Manly United
Teams managed
2003–2004 Manly-Warringah
2004–2010 Manly United
2010–2013 Central Coast Mariners (assistant)
2013–2015 Central Coast Mariners
2017– Sydney FC (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 3 January 2014.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 3 January 2014

Phil Moss (born 5 October 1971) is an English-born Australian football manager and former association football player who is currently the assistant coach of Sydney FC.

Early life[edit]

Moss was born in London, England to Jewish parents and arrived in Australia as a child. His younger brother, Jonathan later became a first-class cricketer.[1]


Playing career[edit]

Moss came through the ranks at Manly United before making his first grade debut at 17, and enjoyed a season at the Central Coast Coasties in 1997, ironically alongside his new colleague, in Mariners Head of Sports Science Andrew Clark. Moss then made his mark in the old National Soccer League under Graham Arnold as a defender come midfielder at Northern Spirit via a short spell at Eastern Suburbs, before ultimately returning to his old stomping ground.

Moss represented Australia in football at the 1997 Maccabiah Games. At the games opening ceremony a bridge he was about to step onto collapsed, killing several members of the Australian team and injuring a number of others including his brother Jonathan.[1]

Coaching career[edit]

At Cromer Park, Moss was player coach briefly before taking the reins as Head Coach, and steering the club toward the NSW Premier League.

Before entering as a coach at State League level, Phil had coached Dee Why Football Club in 1996, who were at the time a Premier League team in the Manly Warringah Football Association competition. It was here that he made his mark winning the Grand Final, beating Pittwater RSL (2-1), winning the MWFA Cup (knockout competition), then winning the MWFA sixaside competition and even taking the team to defeat Manly United's first grade squad in an exhibition match on Cromer Park's number one field.

Moss served for two years as an assistant coach with the Olyroos.[2] He assisted Graham Arnold during the successful qualification campaign for the 2008 Beijing Olympics with the Olyroos.[3]

After serving served as Graham Arnold's assistant at the Mariners from July 2010, Moss was appointed the new manager of the Central Coast Mariners on 14 November 2013. He succeeded Graham Arnold, who was signed by J.League team Vegalta Sendai. Prior to his appointment, Moss had held the assistant coaching role at the Mariners for three seasons; over this time the club won one championship, one premiership and made the grand final in two of the three seasons of his tenure.[2] Under Moss, the Mariners managed third-placed finish in the A-League. After defeating Adelaide United in the elimination finals, the Mariners were eventually eliminated by the Western Sydney Wanderers in the semi-finals.

On 6 March 2015, Moss was sacked by the Mariners.[4][5]

Moss later took legal action against the Mariners on the basis of wrongful dismissal, having been dismissed just seven months into a three-year contract, with Moss claiming the balance of his $150,000 salary plus breach-of-contract damages. He eventually received approximately $500,000 from the Mariners; this sum is believed to be the biggest payout over a coach's sacking in A-League history.[6]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 19 December 2016
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Central Coast Mariners Australia 14 November 2013 5 March 2015 54 20 10 24 037.04
Total 54 20 10 24 037.04


  1. ^ a b "Australian athletes deal with memory of disaster". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. 10 July 2013. Retrieved 19 November 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Phil Moss". Sportstek Academies. Retrieved 18 December 2016. 
  3. ^ "Phil Moss coach and staff Profile". Retrieved 2012-08-22. 
  4. ^ "CLUB STATEMENT: Head Coach Phil Moss stood aside". Central Coast Mariners FC. Retrieved 18 December 2016. 
  5. ^ "Central Coast Mariners coach Phil Moss has been stood aside effective immediately". Fox Sports Australia. News Corporation. Retrieved 18 December 2016. 
  6. ^ Smithies, Tom. "Central Coast Mariners pay out nearly $500,000 after settling claim brought by Phil Moss". The Daily Telegraph. News Corporation. Retrieved 18 December 2016.