No rush to name new Jets coach

Hyundai A-League boss Damien de Bohun says it could be two weeks before a new coach is announced for the Newcastle Jets.

Speaking to local media on Wednesday, de Bohun said that the club continues to make important strides behind the scenes and set solid foundations for a successful community-focused outfit.

But the hot topic for Newcastle fans since the departure of Phil Stubbins is who will coach the Jets next season and beyond.

De Bohun said the vacancy has sparked a flurry of interest from locally, nationally and internationally-based coaches.

While Twitter has been rampant with speculation over recent days, de Bohun said no one has been offered the post as yet.

Sydney United coach and former Sydney FC captain Mark Rudan has been interviewed for the job, while Australian U17 team coach Tony Vidmar and former Brisbane Roar tactician Mike Mulvey are also among the hot favourites.

“We need to move and have a head coach as soon as we can to prepare the club for the new season,” de Bohun said.

“But it will probably be a couple of weeks before we are ready to announce. We’re going through a process.

“You hear a lot of names bandied about, but the reality is that we are going through a very careful process. It’s important we move quickly, but it’s more important that we get it right.

“What’s great, when you think about the public conversation, is that we’re talking about some really high quality young Australian coaches in the Hyundai A-League, amongst others, and 10 years ago that wasn’t really thought of, so it just goes to show how far the league has come.

“All sorts of people have thrown their hands up and there’s no doubt that having a good understanding of this market and this region is important. There are a whole range of really well qualified people who are looking seriously at this great opportunity.”

The A-League boss said significant strides had been made since the FFA took over the club’s licence last week from former coal baron Nathan Tinkler.

“We’ve made some real progress since we were here last week in relation to the Newcastle Jets Football Club,” de Bohun said.

“Obviously it was well publicised that we’ve made a decision around the head coaching role, and the process to find a new coach has commenced.

“We’re doing a lot of work with the staff this week to set up a range of the operational issues that are crucial for the new season.

“We’re looking at everything from office space, to finances, right through to list management for players.

“It’s been another big week, but I just want to make sure that the people of Newcastle know that we have made some significant progress in regards to the club.”