No place for Stubbins in new Jets - FFA

Newcastle Jets coach Phil Stubbins will follow ousted club owner Nathan Tinkler out the door after Football Federation Australia cleared the decks for a new coach.

The FFA decided to make a fresh start ahead of the 2015/16 season following a review of the Jets’ performance last season.

The club finished with the wooden spoon and failed to meet benchmarks in relation to technical, tactical, conditioning and sports science.

“Clearly, the Jets had a difficult season and this was reflected in the position on the A-League table,” Hyundai A-League boss, Damien de Bohun said.

“But this decision is also driven by the desire in the Newcastle football community for a new beginning with the new club.”

Assistant coaches Mark Jones and James Pascoe, and recently appointed goalkeeper coach Jess Vanstrattan, will not go across to the new club at this stage.

Just last week Stubbins told FourFourTwo he was committed to building a successful A-League club in Newcastle.

He was on the tail end of an overseas scouting trip and positive about the future.

“I return this weekend from this trip to Europe that made for an insightful and potentially fruitful visit with some very good targets identified,” he said in a statement.

But Stubbins, who alienated senior players and secured just three wins last season, had also lost the support of fans who wanted him out.

“His position is untenable,” Squadron president Grant Furner told FourFourTwo.

“He hasn’t shown that he has any idea of how to get the club performing on the park despite effectively having two teams over the course of the season.

“The results didn’t change when he brought in the players he wanted, so I don’t see the point in giving him the off-season to rebuild the player roster yet again, especially when he has treated so many players so badly in getting rid of them in the middle and then again at the end of the season.”

Most damaging for the former Adelaide United assistant coach was his link to the latest destabilising period under Tinkler.

He enjoyed the favour of the former coal baron and survived a cull of staff and players. 

But veteran footballers Zenon Caravella and David Carney were both critical of their treatment under Stubbins.

During Tinkler's reign, the club racked up millions of dollars in debts - including unpaid wages to staff and players.

FFA said the new head coach would be given the primary role of selecting his coaching staff.

“Phil is a decent football man and we wish him all the best with the next stage of his career,” de Bohun said.

Last Wednesday, FFA revoked the A-League licence held by Newcastle Jets Football Operations Pty Ltd, a subsidiary of Hunter Sports Group (HSG). A new licence was issued to a new FFA-controlled entity, which will represent Northern NSW in the A-League as the Newcastle Jets.