Craig Deans deserves another season with the Jets

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Between record-breaking losing streaks, own goals and internal dysfunctions, head coach Craig Deans should have been excommunicated long ago by the A-League’s standards. 

It was not anybody’s ideal starting season at the helm, however the 47-year-old at least deserves a pre-season with the Newcastle Jets to prove himself before the stone casting begins.

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The fact of the matter is Deans was caught between a rock and a hard place when stepping into the head role at the Jets.

Deans’ title as interim coach remained when the club’s future was uncertain and bypassed their liquidation period. 

Once the coaching decision was finalised in February, the Jets’ veteran had missed that all important team building phase and was handed a pre-contracted squad.

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With inaugural experience amongst the youth academies and W-League side, he understands the foundations of constructing a team to his playing style.

Now he needs the time to build that identity. However, Newcastle’s lack of owners and limited funds remains restrictive.

On the theory of these administrative issues being sorted by the 2021/2022 season, Deans should have the means to select desirable players. 

At this point, it is best to remember Deans is working with what he has and attempting to work combinations with new signings and a squad still lacking depth. 

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He deserves a year beyond pandemics, bad luck and a tough stint to try and turn the team around and allow fans to a see vision from his own decision making.

Coaches are always in the firing line when a season goes spiralling, but the long-serving Newcastle veteran still needs that vital pre-season to build his side. 

Feature image credit: Newcastle Jets

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Jemma Pepper
Covering the Newcastle Jets for the 2020/21 season. Bachelor of Communications (Journalism) and Bachelor of Arts in International Studies (Germany) at the University of Technology Sydney. Seven days without playing football can make one weak!

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