The Newcastle Jets have appointed Phil Stubbins as the club's new head coach on a two-year contract that will keep him at the A-League outfit until the end of the 2015-16 season.
The Jets have acted quickly after pulling out of the race for the signature of former Central Coast Mariners coach, Graham Arnold.
Clayton Zane, who acted as interim head coach for the final 12 games of the Jets’ 2013-14 campaign, will serve as Stubbins’ assistant coach.
Stubbins joins the Jets from Thailand where he was head coach at Bangkok Glass FC and Ayutthaya FC. Prior to his time in Thailand, he held coaching roles at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) and Adelaide United.
Despite the Jets falling short of the finals playoffs for the fourth season in a row Stubbins said he was excited by the club's potential.
"I am thrilled to have been given the opportunity to join the Newcastle Jets,” the 51-year-old said.
“It’s a fantastic challenge and I certainly believe in this squad. We want to give the club and its members the success they deserve.
"My efforts will be to cultivate a clear identity and winning culture here at the Newcastle Jets.
“I believe we can be successful and I hope we can get the Members and supporters behind us and do Newcastle proud.”
Stubbins was assistant coach at Adelaide United during the most successful period in the Reds' history, which included reaching the final of the Asian Champions League and competing at the FIFA Club World Cup.
He has overseen more than 400 matches as head coach amassing over 250 wins in a 15-year coaching career that started with five championship wins in the Victorian State Leagues.
Newcastle Jets CEO Robbie Middleby said the Jets were extremely pleased to have secured the services of the former English midfielder.
"Since our first interaction and interviews with Phil, he has been hugely impressive and held in very high esteem," Middleby said.
“We firmly believe Phil is the right man to lead the club forward and we are delighted to welcome Phil to Newcastle.
"Phil is an experienced coach who knows the A-League and has strong man management skills. He will bring a winning mentality to the club and he knows what it takes to be successful.”
Jets Chairman Ray Baartz believes Stubbins has the ability and desire to lead the club forward.
"Phil was a standout candidate during our selection process, he is a professional with great technical and tactical knowledge, but most of all Phil is tenacious and hungry for success," Baartz said.
“He is a leader and I believe Newcastle will embrace Phil because he will personify the values we want at this club - hard work, commitment and a drive for success.”
Retired player Michael Bridges will join Newcastle's coaching set-up, starting as coach for the Under 18 Emerging Jets team while James Pascoe will remain as the head coach of the Newcastle Jets Youth Team competing in the NNSW NPL.comments