"My time at the Jets has been challenging, however as someone born and bred in Newcastle, it has been an honour to be part of this club and football community and I will be forever grateful for that opportunity."
"This decision has been a very difficult one but one that I have made in the best interest of the club and especially my family. I have, and will always support this club and wish the members, staff and players all the best for the future. I hope that this decision can aid the transition to new ownership and allow the club to start a new chapter."
"I will use the next few weeks to support the mid-season review process and making this decision now will allow me to give an honest and independent appraisal of where the club is at and provide recommendations of how it could best move forward." said Middleby.
Ray Baartz said "Football in the Hunter region has always been a major part of my life and it has been a privilege to be involved with the Jets. I wish the fans and everyone involved at the club all the best for the remainder of the season and in particular the ongoing future of this great club."
The club will now begin the process of appointing a new CEO.