The wait for a new coach is finally over for the Newcastle Jets with today’s announcement that Craig Deans has secured the top job.
The 46-year-old has signed on as Head Coach for the 2020/21 and 2021/22 A-league seasons.
Deans says he is very proud to have been given the opportunity to lead the club.
“After successfully working through some challenging times as a club, we can now focus on moving forward and building a strong culture both on and off the field to enable us to bring success to this club and the Newcastle region,” he said.
“I would like to thank [executive chariman] Shane [Mattiske] and the new ownership group for putting their faith in me and thank the players for their commitment and effort through the pre-season and the first seven games of the season.
“We’re back at McDonald Jones Stadium on February 28 and I cannot wait to see our fans and members out in force to support the team.”
The club’s executive chairman Shane Mattiske said Deans was a great fit for the club.
His appointment follows the assessment of more than 20 candidates.
“[Craig] comes from our community, deeply understands our club and our players, and has demonstrated his ability to deliver a very competitive team within a very tough competition,” Mattiske said.
“He is the right person for this team, this town and this region.
“Craig has created a side that is working for each other, working for him and working for our community.
“We look forward to seeing this momentum carry forward in this season’s competition and beyond.
“With our next home game scheduled for Sunday 28 February, we hope to see all our members and fans to come out to show their support for Craig and the team.”