Keeping up with the Jets

Rivaling the chaos and drama of a reality TV show the Newcastle Jets have had a few major shakeups in the last week.

It began with the sacking of coach Mark Jones after the side lost 2-0 to Premiers Sydney FC. This was a bid, no doubt, to wipe the slate clean for the 2017/18 A-League season and to avoid a repeat of this season’s sacking of coach Scot Miller mere weeks before the league began.

On Sunday, the club released a statement that said the wooden spoon recipients had terminated Jones contract and were looking for a new coach. Without apparently bearing in mind the lacking number of quality coaches with decent resumes available in Australia at the moment.

After this drama the Jets tried to shift the focus away from Jones sacking. Two days later, on Tuesday, announcing the international pre-season friendly between the Jets and Chilean side Audax Italiano. On July 8th, the Chilean four-time League Champions will take on the one-time Australian Champions at McDonald Jones Stadium.

Similarly the club sent yet another announcement out on Wednesday, three days after Jones sacking, to announce the signing of a new player. Irish striker, and current Mariners frontman, Roy O’Donovan signed a two-year deal with the club. With 11 goals this season the 31-year-old is on similar stats to current Jets leading goal scorer Andrew Nabbout, who has scored eight.

All fingers are crossed that the side can turn things around next A-League season under a new coach and with O’Donovan up front as Novocastrians continue to hold their breath.

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