Wanderers coach helps find club identity

Western Sydney coach Jean Paul de Marigny says the club has rediscovered it's identity.
Western Sydney coach Jean Paul de Marigny says the club has rediscovered it's identity.

Undefeated from his first four games in charge, Western Sydney caretaker Jean-Paul de Marigny says he is starting to see signs of a new identity within the club.

The Wanderers followed up their prolific 5-2 win over Adelaide with a 1-0 victory over A-League champions Sydney FC, ending a 13-game undefeated streak and creating one of their own.

It's a surprising turnaround for the Wanderers after the club spiralled out of control until manager Markus Babbel was sacked five weeks ago.

Now, they're knocking on the door of the A-League finals after Friday night's Sydney derby victory in Kogarah.

When asked if he can see signs of an identity forming within the club, de Marigny said: "That's what people from outside the group have recognised, and I think we have.

"I think we've built that on a weekly basis and they believe in the team mantra which creates an identity and I think people can see what the players are doing."

The Wanderers now sit seventh on the A-League ladder, but a swell of confidence is rushing through the club after two draws and two wins.

It's the first time this season the club has achieved back-to-back wins since their opening three games.

"There's no set ceilings, there's no particular goals. I don't want to be boring because I'm not a boring guy but it's all about one game at a time and getting the boys to believe in each other, which they do, and getting close to each other, which they are," de Marigny said.

"They're ticking all the boxes and it's great to see players expressing themselves and maximising their ability. That's what I enjoy the most."

Australian Associated Press