Craig Deans officially secures top job at Newcastle Jets

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After serving as interim coach on three accounts, Newcastle Jets have finally cemented Craig Deans’ position as the squad’s head honcho. 

Despite a diverse range of candidates considered for the role, Deans best suited the brief for his commitment, philosophy and footing within the local region. 

“We’re very comfortable he is the right guy for this role,” said Newcastle Executive Chairman Shane Mattiske.

“He is clearly someone who comes from this community, he is deeply ingrained in this club, he knows our players and he’s been able to demonstrate that he can bring this team together through difficult times.”

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Since the 2020/21 A-League season commenced, heavy contention surrounded the top dog position especially during the club’s internal administration struggles and the opening four game losing streak.

However, in a change of pace, Newcastle have bounced back more stable than ever, with additional depth to the squad and a clear vision for the campaign. 

This new found momentum remains accredited to Deans’ persistence, guidance and patience with the squad.

“The great thing from the playing squad is they know there is no more interruptions. They’ve got a guy that they trust, that will lead them forward and they’re playing for him. We’re supporting that,” said Mattiske.

“Craig has created a side that is working for each other, working for him and working for our community. We look forward to seeing this momentum carry forward in this season’s competition and beyond.”

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The 46 year-old has been a long serving veteran for Newcastle with his experience with the W-League and Youth Academies. 

As Newcastle looks to rebrand Newcastle Jets with a homegrown focus, Mattiske believes Deans’ knowledge for Hunter-orientated talent will build real success in the club. 

“He is the right person for this team, this town and this region,” said Mattiske.

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