“This is a club with a very rich history, which is something that everyone is committed to restoring.
“We’re well aware of the hard work ahead of us, but that starts now. I relish a challenge and can’t wait to get started.”
The Mariners languish at the bottom of the A-League table and are on course to finish the campaign as the worst-ever performing Australian side in the competition’s history.
They have collected just seven points all season but if successful in salvaging some pride from their remaining six games, Stajcic could make his role at the Mariners a full-time position.
“His role is to stabilise, bring everyone together – that includes the players and the staff. He will see us through until the end of the season and help position the football club going forward,” Mariners sporting director, Mike Phelan, said.
“At the end of the season, we will assess the situation but Alen’s role at the moment is to generate some momentum leading into the back end of the season – we will discuss the future during that time and at the end of that time.”