Tony Walmsley

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Tony Walmsley
Personal information
Date of birth (1966-05-10) 10 May 1966 (age 53)
Place of birth Manchester, England
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Riverside Olympic
Teams managed
2009–2012 Central Coast Mariners (youth)
2012–2013 Sheffield United (Head of Academy Recruitment)
2015–2016 Central Coast Mariners
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Tony Walmsley is an Australian professional football coach who worked as Technical Director and Head Coach for A-League side Central Coast Mariners.


Tony Walmsley started his coaching career in 1989 when he served as player/coach for Riverside Olympic in Tasmania.[1][2] Walmsley has previously served as Academy Director for the Manchester United Youth Development Programme in Oceania.[3] He was then appointed the manager of Central Coast Mariners youth team for three seasons, where his team never finished outside the top two and won the A-League National Youth League in the 2011–12 season.[4] In September 2012 he became the Head of Academy Recruitment for English League One side Sheffield United's youth team.[5][6]

Walmsley was appointed as Technical Director of the Mariners on 19 February 2015 [7] and caretaker head coach of the Mariners from 6 March 2015.

On 15 April 2015 Walmsley was announced as Mariners permanent Technical Director/Head Coach for the 2015–16 season.[8]

Under Walmsley, the Mariners had their worst A-League performance to date in the 2015–16 season. The Mariners' 13 points, the fewest in club history, resulted in a last-place finish, and they set a league record by losing 20 games while winning only 3, a record low for the Mariners. Central Coast allowed 70 goals, the most in league history, and had a goal difference of −37, the worst by an A-League team. The Mariners' totals of goals conceded at home and away (32 and 38 respectively) were also A-League records, and they went the entire season without a clean sheet.[9]

In the 2016 FFA Cup, the Mariners suffered a 2–1 loss to Green Gully SC at Green Gully Reserve, becoming just the second A-League team to be eliminated by a state league team in the FFA Cup.[10] As a result of the last placed finish in the 2015–16 season, and the Mariners' elimination from the 2016 FFA Cup, Walmsley was sacked by the Mariners on 8 August 2016,[11][12] with coaching duties in the leadup to the 2016–17 season taken up by assistant coach John Hutchinson in a caretaker role.[13] Walmsley was eventually succeeded by Australia national under-20 soccer team manager Paul Okon.

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 19 December 2016.
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Central Coast Mariners Australia 19 February 2015 8 August 2016 37 5 5 27 013.51
Total 37 5 5 27 013.51


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  3. ^ "Tony Walmsley to join Sheffield United". Retrieved 25 September 2012.
  4. ^ "Walmsley to leave Central Coast for Sheffield United". 21 September 2012. Retrieved 25 September 2012.
  5. ^ "Cautious Danny Wilson playing safe with Blades kids". The Sheffield Star. 25 September 2012. Retrieved 25 September 2012.
  6. ^ "Academy make key appointments". Sheffield United FC Official Web Site. 25 September 2012. Archived from the original on 28 September 2012. Retrieved 25 September 2012.
  7. ^ "Mariners enter stage one of restructure". Football Federation Australia. 19 February 2015. Retrieved 21 February 2015.
  8. ^ "CLUB STATEMENT: Tony Walmsley appointed as Head Coach". Retrieved 2015-04-14.
  9. ^ Way, Peter (8 August 2016). "Central Coast Mariners in crisis as they sack Tony Walmsley". The Daily Telegraph.
  10. ^ Prichard, Greg. "Green Gully bask in FFA Cup glory". The World Game. Special Broadcasting Service. Retrieved 4 August 2016.
  11. ^ Way, Peter (8 August 2016). "Central Coast Mariners in crisis as they sack Tony Walmsley". The Daily Telegraph.
  12. ^ "Central Coast Mariners sack coach Tony Walmsley after FFA Cup debacle". The Guardian. 8 August 2016.
  13. ^ "Mariners Part Ways with Tony Walmsley". Central Coast Mariners. 8 August 2016. Retrieved 9 October 2016.

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