The big question is: will David Beckham, don’t forget about Posh, come to the Central Coast of NSW?
Before we even go there he has to decide whether he will come to Australia to play in the A-League, then we can look at where he will play.
If his decision is to come to Australia, the Central Coast Mariners will put in a competitive bid for his services for a 10 game guest stint. Will the Mariners bid be competitive? Yes I think it will be and the bid will be based on a community model like the club has been built on, over the last 8 seasons.
We would need support from both Wyong and Gosford councils. As I tweeted last night, Gosford City Council last night fully supported the bid and agreed to contribute money . Also John Singleton, who has been a great supporter of the Mariners and the Central Coast over the years, has said he will help the club put in a competitive bid.
Gosford City Council tonight fully supported CCM in their bid for David Beckham by saying they will contribute money for the Beckham bid
— Lawrie McKinna (@LawrieMcKinna) November 27, 2012
It would be a massive lift for the area of the Central Coast, giving the smallest club in the league world wide exposure, helping the community in the long run.
Why would he pick the coast over Melbourne or Sydney? If he is looking to bring his family during his stay why would he not pick the Coast. It’s a great place to bring up his young family and he would enjoy the relaxed lifestyle that the Coast would bring. The team is doing well at the moment but having Beckham playing for the Mariners would be an unbelievable experience for the players and the fans of the club.
If he is looking at playing in Asia, the timing to come to the A-League is no good. So it then comes down to which one he wants to choose. If he is going to play in Europe after the January transfer window closes, he would need to do pre-season training from July so a 10 game guest appearance in Australia fits in well, if that was his choice.
All these questions will be answered over the next few weeks and then we will know if the biggest football brand in the world will be playing in the A-League.
Lawrie McKinna is our expert Football columnist and will be providing his views on the world of football throughout the season. Ex-Central Coast Mariners Coach and currently Mayor of Gosford.