SYDNEY FC striker Matt Simon has taken a shot at the hierarchy at his former club Central Coast, criticising chairman Mike Charlesworth, who suggested the club was happy to lose for the sake of entertainment.
The Mariners will host the Sky Blues at Central Coast Stadium this afternoon.
Simon was born and bred on the Central Coast, is the club's leading goal-scorer and spent nine seasons at Gosford, but was unwanted for this season.
"I think they're underestimating the people. Central Coast people. They're hard workers and they want to win," Simon said.
"I know a lot of people on the Central Coast want to win. If they want entertainment they can go to Erina Fair or down to the Crown Plaza they can get it."
The 'Wizard from Woy Woy' also admitted he was disappointed with how his time at the Mariners ended.
"The decision to leave was taken out of my hands and once it was my eyes were really opened up to a different side of things," he said.
But Simon has some familiar faces working with him in the harbour city, managed by former Mariners boss Graham Arnold.
Former Mariners defender Zac Anderson now plays for the Sky Blues, and two Sydney FC coaches (trainer Andrew Clark and goalkeeping coach John Crawley) will return to Gosford, their former stomping ground.
"Arnie is still the same person he is and I can't speak highly enough of this club. The way they look after their players, the facilities and the professionalism of the place is outstanding," Simon said.
The Sky Blues scored 11 goals in their three wins over the Mariners last season.
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