Wayne O'Sullivan

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Wayne O'Sullivan
Personal information
Full name Wayne St John O'Sullivan
Date of birth (1974-02-25) February 25, 1974 (age 45)
Place of birth Akrotiri, Cyprus
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Playing position Right midfield
Youth career
pre–1994 Swindon Town
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1997 Swindon Town 89 (3)
1997–1999 Cardiff City 85 (4)
1999–2001 Plymouth Argyle 85 (3)
2001–2003 Parramatta Power 55 (2)
2003–2004 Northern Spirit 24 (0)
2004 Geylang United (4)
2005–2007 Central Coast Mariners 37 (1)
2011 Lake Macquarie City 11 (0)
National team
1995 Republic of Ireland U21 2 (0)
Teams managed
2004 Geylang United
2008–2009 Wellington Phoenix (asst.)
2009–2012 Newcastle Jets FC W-League
2013–2015 Central Coast Mariners (asst.)
2018 Central Coast Mariners (caretaker)
2019 - current Bonnyrigg White Eagles F.C.
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Wayne St John O'Sullivan (born February 25, 1974) is an Irish retired professional footballer. Since retiring as a player he has worked as a coach.

Born in Cyprus, O'Sullivan played youth football for Swindon Town before making his professional debut with the club. In 2001, he moved to Australia, where he played in the National Soccer League and A-League, as well as one season in Singapore.

O'Sullivan represented Republic of Ireland at youth level.

O'Sullivan is the current caretaker coach for A-League side Central Coast Mariners.

Playing career[edit]


O'Sullivan was part of the regular first eleven for Plymouth Argyle. At the time Plymouth were placed low in the Nationwide Division 3 (now Football League Two), he along with Paul McGregor and Martin Phillips were considered the most consistent players at the time. But in the summer of 2000 he headed to Australia to continue his playing career.

Following the demise of the old National Soccer League competition and the creation of the A-League, O'Sullivan signed with Central Coast Mariners in late 2004 to play in the newly-formed A-League.[1] At the club, he was a favourite among fans for his tenacity and energy on the field. After an inconsistent 2006–07 season with The Mariners, during which he was often deployed as a right-back, instead of his preferred right-midfield position, the hard-working midfielder/defender was released.

Although there is some controversy surrounding Lawrie McKinna's decision to release O'Sullivan, it was believed by many in the Mariners camp that he was past his best and for the club to continue to grow in a developing league, his release was necessary.


O'Sullivan came on as a substitute for Republic of Ireland under-21 in a win over Latvia in 1996 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification on 10 October 1995.[2] He made a total of two appearances for the side.[3]

Management career[edit]

After being released by Central Coast Mariners, O'Sullivan had spent months trying to find a spot in another football team to continue his playing career, but was not successful.

He holds an Asian Federation Advance Level (FIFA) 'B' coaching licence and in July will graduate from Sydney University with a master's degree in education, specialising in coaching.[citation needed]

On Friday, 18 May 2007, O'Sullivan was named Assistant Coach for A-League club Wellington Phoenix on a two-year deal. He worked alongside Ricki Herbert, Luciano Trani and former Celtic goalkeeper Jonathan Gould.

On Thursday, 21 November 2013, O'Sullivan was named Assistant Coach for the Central Coast Mariners on a contract until the end of the 2014–15 A-League season, working alongside newly appointed coach Phil Moss.

Following the immediate departure of Central Coast Mariner's Head Coach Paul Okon, O'Sullivan was named as the caretaker coach until the end of the 2017–18 A-League season.[4]

On Thursday, 16 My 2019, O'Sullivan was appointed as new coach for the remainder of the 2019 National Premier Leagues NSW 2 season with the Bonnyrigg White Eagles FC. [5]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 6 May 2018
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Central Coast Mariners Australia 20 March 2018 10 April 2018 4 0 0 4 000.00
Total 4 0 0 4 000.00



Swindon Town
Central Coast Mariners


External links[edit]


  1. ^ Lynch, Michael (15 December 2004). "Player drain as Victory delays". The Age. Retrieved 14 April 2017.
  2. ^ "Republic of Ireland v Latvia, 10 October 1995". 11v11.com. Retrieved 20 April 2017.
  3. ^ "Wayne O'Sullivan". Swindon Town F.C. Retrieved 20 April 2017.
  4. ^ Kemp, Emma (20 March 2018). "Paul Okon quits as Mariners boss after disappointing A-League campaign". The Sydney Morning Herald.