Newcastle Jets to seek new Head Coach

The Newcastle Jets will seek a new Head Coach for the 2015/16 Hyundai A-League season, Football Federation Australia (FFA) has announced today.

The decision to make a fresh start follows a review of the Newcastle Jets’ performance last season in relation to Hyundai A-League benchmarks for technical, tactical, conditioning and sports science.

“Clearly, the Jets had a difficult season and this was reflected in the position on the A-League table,” said Head of Hyundai A-League, Damien de Bohun.

“But this decision is also driven by the desire in the Newcastle football community for a new beginning with the new club.”

The decision means that the Head Coach of the old club Phil Stubbins will not be a part of the new club’s staff.

“Phil is a decent football man and we wish him all the best with the next stage of his career,” said de Bohun.

FFA said the new Head Coach would be given the primary role of selecting his coaching staff. The assistant coaches of the old club, Mark Jones and James Pascoe, and goalkeeper coach Jess Vanstrattan, will not go across to the new club at this stage.

Last Wednesday, FFA revoked the A-League licence held by Newcastle Jets Football Operations Pty Ltd, a subsidiary of Hunter Sports Group (HSG). A new licence was issued to a new FFA-controlled entity, which will represent Northern NSW in the Hyundai A-League as the Newcastle Jets.