Newcastle Jets will turn to Phil Stubbins to make a run at finals football over the next two seasons. The club, which missed out on the finals this season by a mere two points, will charge Stubbins with the task after again replacing Gary van Egmond and not renewing interim manager Clayton Zane. In fact, the 51-year-old Stubbins will be Newcastle's fifth manager since van Egmond departed the first time back in 2009.
Said Jets chairman Ray Baartz about the club's latest hire in a club statement:
"Phil was a standout candidate during our selection process, he is a professional with great technical and tactical knowledge, but most of all Phil is tenacious and hungry for success.
"He is a leader and I believe Newcastle will embrace Phil because he will personify the values we want at this Club - hard work, commitment and a drive for success."
Having spent the previous two years coaching Thai clubs Bangkok Glass and Ayutthaya, Stubbins joins the A-League as manager for the first time. He was on Aurelio Vidmar's coaching staff at Adelaide United for four years including the Reds' trip to the Champions League final in 2008. He also previously coached in the Victorian Premier League with four different clubs. The Jets are without a trophy since winning the 2007/08 championship and despite having the league's golden boot winner in Adam Taggart, failed to reach the finals in 2013/14. The Jets have not even reached the finals at all since the 2009/10 season.