Football Federation Australia (FFA) has today announced the appointment of Scott Miller as the Head Coach of the Newcastle United Jets.
Miller has signed a two-year contract with the Hyundai A-League club after recently leaving a role as Assistant Coach at English Championship club Fulham, where he worked for nine years.
Joining Miller as Senior Assistant Coach at Newcastle is Jean-Paul de Marigny, who was the Senior Assistant Coach at championship-winning Melbourne Victory last season.
This will be de Marigny’s second stint at the Jets after a season as Assistant Coach in the inaugural A-League season in 2005/06. He has also signed a two-year contract.
Head of Hyundai A-League Damien de Bohun said the combination of Miller and de Marigny was ideally suited to engineering the revival of Newcastle Jets.
“Scott is an incredibly driven young Australian coach, who set off for England on a one-way ticket almost a decade ago and spent seven years in the English Premier League working with world-class players and managers,” said de Bohun.
“He has shown the FFA Technical Staff that he has the right qualities, philosophies, qualifications and experience to take the step up to a Head Coach role and I’m delighted he’s been secured for Newcastle Jets.
“Jean-Paul brings vast knowledge of Australian football and the Hyundai A-League, and like Scott has excellent qualifications and experience. Together, they make a compelling combination for the Jets.”
Miller said he is thrilled to take charge of the Newcastle Jets at such an exciting time for the club.
“It’s the right time and the right place for me,” said Miller. “I jumped at this wonderful opportunity to take the next step in my coaching career as Head Coach at a club that’s making a new beginning.
“I’ve heard a lot about the long and proud history of this football region and its passionate fans. Football clubs exist to bring joy to the people and that’s a driving force in my thinking.”
Miller and de Marigny will formally commence duties when the Hyundai A-League squad begins formal pre season training on Monday 6 July.
The licence for the A-League club in Newcastle is being operated by FFA while ownership models are being explored.