May 27, 2015 12:27:44 UK
Phil Stubbins’ troubled tenure as Newcastle Jets coach has come to an end, after he was axed by Football Federation Australia.
FFA took over the running of the Jets last week, stripping owner Nathan Tinkler of his A-League licence.
Head of the A-League Damien de Bohun said FFA had begun the process of hiring a new coach for the club for next season.
“Phil is a decent football man and we wish him all the best with the next stage of his career,” De Bohun added.
The Jets are 26.00 to win the 2015-16 Grand Final.
FFA have confirmed that the new coach will be able to pick his own coaching team, so Stubbins’ assistants Mark Jones and James Pascoe along with goalkeeper coach Jess Vanstrattan will not be retained.
Stubbins was appointed as Newcastle coach last May, despite Clayton Zane having done a good job as interim coach at the end of the previous campaign.
Phil is a decent football man and we wish him all the best with the next stage of his career.
Damien de Bohun
He managed just two wins from his 22 games in charge and the Jets finished with the wooden spoon, picking up only 14 points.
The club was beset by internal problems during the season that saw Stubbins fire three coaches on the same day and attempt to cancel the contracts of five players at the same time.
It did not have any positive effect upon performances on the pitch and at the end of the season only one player – Ecuadorian striker Edson Montano – had more than two goals to his name.
FFA carried out a review of the Jets performance, ruling they had failed to meet benchmarks in relation to technical, tactical, conditioning and sports science.
The governing body have said all 15 players contracted to the club would be offered new deals, along with Nigel Boogaard who had been recruited from Adelaide United.
Stubbins defended his record, saying: “I don’t regret anything I’ve done. It was done because I felt it had to be if the club was to be competitive in the A-League again; I still feel the same way.”
Meanwhile, Australia are 51.00 to win the Women’s World Cup.
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