Alivodic backs Stubbins to stay

Newcastle attacking midfielder Enver Alivodic says Phil Stubbins is a fantastic coach and the Serbian wants to see him stay on at the Jets.

The position of Stubbins and his coaching staff is currently under review following Football Federation Australia's takeover of the A-League club.

Alivodic, who joined the Jets at the end of February, scored two goals in nine appearances.

In April the forward re-signed with the club for the 2015-2016 season, and Alivodic told FourFourTwo he has enjoyed his time in Newcastle.

“The training sessions are fantastic,” he said in a statement.

“It’s one of the best preparation and game analysis I’ve ever seen. We had a situation at the club with a lot of the young players playing, but even with that we were getting better and better.

“We beat Melbourne Victory in Melbourne and we should have beaten Adelaide and Sydney FC.‎”

Alivodic was one of Stubbins’ new recruits in the second half of the season along with Lee Ki-je, Max Burgess and Daniel Mullen.

The 30-year old, who has spent most of his career in the Serbian SuperLiga, believes the Englishman can turn the team around in the new campaign.

"Phil is a fantastic coach,” Alivodic said.

“Football-wise the club is improving. The plans the club has and the direction it’s going is positive - that’s what I re-signed‎. 

"There was no lack of interest in me from other clubs but I was very happy at Newcastle, which is why I re-signed so quickly."