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ALW: Jets confident of success despite van Egmond’s departure

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The Newcastle Jets are confident of continuing their success in the A-League Women’s (ALW) competition despite coach Gary van Egmond’s sudden departure.

The long-time mentor, who guided the side into the top six of the ALW following its 2-1 win over the Brisbane Roar at the weekend, will take up a role with the Chinese Football Association, effective immediately.

It’s been common knowledge for a while that van Egmond was in talks with the overseas organisation.

But, he’d still overseen Newcastle’s five victories and two draws from its 12 matches in 2023/24.

Jets CEO Shane Mattiske confirmed the news on Monday 15 January.

“With our women’s team drawing record support and building great momentum at the half-way mark of the competition, Gary has made a big contribution to the side and we are disappointed that he is leaving the club at this point,” he said.

“He’s received an attractive offer from the Chinese Football Association.

“However, it’s clear that the timing of his departure is not ideal for our team and our fans. 

“Gary had raised the possibility of taking up this opportunity late last year, with the past few weeks being focused on whether he would take the role and discussions around an appropriate release from his contract.”

Mattiske said van Egmond’s assistant Ryan Campbell would immediately take the reins as interim head coach.

“The club will now run a process to confirm the appointment of a permanent successor,” he added.

“Gary’s responsibilities in relation to the Jets Football Academy will be managed by Ryan for the girls’ Academy and Damien Zane for the boys’ Academy until a permanent replacement for Gary is appointed.”

Newcastle next tackles Sydney FC at Leichhardt Oval on Sunday 21 January at 6pm.

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