By Andy Bernal

The Vibe Manager

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From being last on the A-League table for three consecutive years to 2019-20, the Central Coast Mariners made their way into three consecutive finals series until ultimately succeeding as champions in 2022-23.

The Vibe Manager - Inside the Central Coast Mariners 2022-23 A-League Championship is an intimate and honest portrayal of the successful 2022-23 season from the perspective of former Socceroo, Andy Bernal.

As an advisor to new Chairman Richard Peil, Andy joined new coach Nick Montgomery as part of the back-room crew that took the 'littlest club in the league' to be A-League champions for only the second time. Officially the Director of Athlete Development, Andy was also dubbed by Nick Montgomery as 'The Vibe Manager' helping to build the group of young and journeymen players into a champion team. 

Andy Bernal writes with the same candour, humour and insight which characterised his first book, Riding Shotgun - the Autobiography of the Original Wizard of Oz.

This is the first time an A-League club has been the focus of a book.

More Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • Published: October 2023
  • ISBN: 978-1-925914-90-0
  • Weight: 0.2kg 
  • Size: 165mm x 165mm
  • Pages: 118 including 13 pages of colour photographs
  • Imprint: Fair Play Publishing

About the Author

One of the key pioneers for Australian footballers abroad, Andy Bernal is the son of Spanish migrants and grew up in Canberra. Andy’s love of football, although second to rugby league as a child, saw him emerge from the ACT to forge a career abroad, becoming a professional in both Spain and England.

In between times, Andy had a spell back home, winning a National Championship with Sydney Olympic FC and gaining Socceroos recognition. He became an integral part of one of the greatest teams in the history of Reading FC, being considered by many supporters as one of their greatest ever talents.

After his retirement, Andy became a football agent and was entrusted to be manager in Spain to superstar David Beckham following his move to Real Madrid from Manchester United. 

Following roles as a Socceroos scout and a Strength and Conditioning Coach, he is now Director of Athletic Development and 'Vibe Manager' at Central Coast Mariners Football Club.

He is married to Jaynie Wignall, a proud father to Isabella who married UFC star Dan Hooker, and as well as a proud grandfather to Zoe. Andy lives on the Central Coast of NSW. 

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Regular price $21.99
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