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    The Newcastle Jets have made the decision to sack A-League coach Mark Jones after a disastrous season.

    From 27 games, the Jets finished the season with just five victories, recording a goal difference of negative 25 and dropping seven of their final ten games, picking up three draws and no victories, finishing the season with a 2-0 loss at the hands of minor premiers Sydney FC on Saturday.

    Worst of all was six straight losses to end the season, only scoring a single goal in that period.

    No victories in the final ten weeks of the season has ended the reign of Jones, who took over as coach of the club at the start of the season.

    The first-time A-League coach was only appointed weeks before the season began after the Jets sacked former coach Scott Miller after a single season in charge.

    Jones, who had an almost ten-year career playing in the National Soccer League, started as an assistant coach at the Jets in 2006, before taking some time off, then coaching Adelaide United’s W-League team before re-joining the Jets as head coach.

    It’s been nothing but a tough run for Jones though and the club decided they want to take move into a fresh direction ahead of next season’s campaign.

    An official statement from the club announced the Jets intend to have a new head coach signed before the pre-season begins at the end of June, but also that no other changes have been made to the coaching or management staff at this time.

    After such an ordinary season, the Jets may opt make more changes before long, although it would all be speculation at this point.

    The statement released by the club also announced the club’s plans for the short-term future:

    “Senior assistant coach Clayton Zane will oversee training over the coming weeks before the playing group breaks for their annual leave in early May.”

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    • April 16th 2017 @ 3:08pm
      Chopper said | April 16th 2017 @ 3:08pm | ! Report

      it seems incredulous that they sack their coach with so many of the players already at the club when he signed on were just going through the motions. Jet’s captain Boogarde spends more time suspended than playing, striker Kokko was a waste of a visa and Nordstrand looked reasonable last year but failed this term. The club signed Wayne Brown for 3 years???, Hoole had a dummy spit more than once and the promise of Clut is still just promise. This is the coaches fault? I would be looking at the club culture and clearing the decks of a lot of deadwood.

      • April 16th 2017 @ 3:10pm
        Waz said | April 16th 2017 @ 3:10pm | ! Report

        The coach should have done better with what he had. If you think of it from the clubs perspective how would they convince fans to give him another year? I wouldn’t buy into it,

      • April 16th 2017 @ 3:29pm
        Fadida said | April 16th 2017 @ 3:29pm | ! Report

        In the few moments he was given, kokko looked a handy player. In between times he was publically told by his coach he wasn’t wanted, always the first player taken off, and when he did pay left isolated by the coach’s tactics. Great man management.

        That the team he inherited was a much worse side at the end than the one he started with says it all about Jones’ ability. Failing to win the last 10, losing the last 6, not scoring in the last 5. Damning indictments of the of coach.

        Plenty of coaches inherit sides they haven’t assembled and actually improve them. It is part of a coach’s skill set. I wouldn’t have let him anywhere near recruiting.

        I wait to see what happens to those who decided he was the best candidate after such an extensive “world wide search”.

        Double agent McKinna, your assignment is complete!

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          April 16th 2017 @ 5:00pm
          Griffo said | April 16th 2017 @ 5:00pm | ! Report

          Yeah you have to feel for Kokko – to be so publicly put down after so little game time and injuries – if that was an attempt at motivation then a lesser player may have responded in kind publicly and not be seen in the starting squad again. You could see early he was a much better player than he had time to show, and a better system and support (minus injuries) would have shown this.

          Popovic was probably the last coach to come in and chose his entire team only because the WSW had been founded. Each coach inherits to some degree. Rarely to do A-League coaches come in, clear the decks, recruiting transfer windows much of the team. Jones came in days before but a team improved from a previous season inherited from Phil Stubbins – the worse coach we’ve ever had.

          I don’t know if it will just be McKinna undertaking the process but if so I don’t hold my breath the analysis and due diligence will be all that great.

          Given how McKinna is responsible for Jones appointment, he can’t stuff this one up.

          • April 17th 2017 @ 10:21am
            FootOverHand said | April 17th 2017 @ 10:21am | ! Report

            Why wasn’t Cowburn getting any game time?
            I thought he always played well for the Jet’s, especially as he used to be a central midfielder, he eventually grew into his role and he played every game in Spain with the team Gombau had over there, puzzled me.

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      April 16th 2017 @ 4:49pm
      Griffo said | April 16th 2017 @ 4:49pm | ! Report

      If Jones finished seventh or even eighth – just missing out on sixth in the final round like van Egmond did once or twice, then you could be forgiven for thinking he might do better with around 11 players off contract and the owner prepared to spend in the off-season.

      But a club record six straight losses, 19 goals against for 0 for…among many things that resulted in last place and a third wooden spoon that supporters are voicing their despair at the club so much many just can’t bring themselves to renewing membership after seven straight seasons.

      Unfortunate for Jones but a necessary call by the Jets and so quickly I think is justified in trying to inform fans that the whole season wasn’t acceptable regardless of the person or length of appointment.

      Now we wait for the next ‘world wide search’. Much of the culture within the operations needs to change but we can only hope some sanity, or better expertise, can prevail to avoid appointing another rookie coach.

      The Jets really have to get this appointment right

      • April 16th 2017 @ 5:02pm
        Fadida said | April 16th 2017 @ 5:02pm | ! Report

        Agree on the timing. It says the season was unacceptable and gives fans a glimmer of hope

    • April 16th 2017 @ 8:15pm
      Swanny said | April 16th 2017 @ 8:15pm | ! Report

      Thank god they sacked jones. I think u guys have summed up why.

      Now get an experienced coach who can sign a few players and let the remaining players flourish.

    • April 16th 2017 @ 9:29pm
      tommaso said | April 16th 2017 @ 9:29pm | ! Report

      appointing jones as head coach would be have to be one of the worst management decisions in A league history followed by sacking his predecessor Scott Miller ?? If they had retained Scott Miller as head coach may have been a better season this year and maybe would’ve finished in the top 6 ???

    • April 17th 2017 @ 8:01am
      jamesb said | April 17th 2017 @ 8:01am | ! Report

      Newcastle Jets managers 2005-2017

      1. Richard Money – 2005
      2. Nick Theodorakopoulos- 2006
      3. Gary van Egmond- (2006–09)
      4.Branko Čulina – (2009–2011)
      5.Craig Deans (interim) October 2011
      6. Gary van Egmond – (2011– 2014)
      7.Clayton Zane (interim) ( January 2014– May 2014)
      8.Phil Stubbins (2014– 2015)
      9. Scott Miller (2015– 2016)
      10. Mark Jones (2016–2017)

      • April 17th 2017 @ 9:28am
        j binnie said | April 17th 2017 @ 9:28am | ! Report

        jamesb- Interesting figures, but what may surprise you is that it appears to be a “sickness” prevalent at most HAL club ,WSW excepted.
        In its comparatively short history ,12 seasons, there has been 13 identities participated in the HAL ,and between them they have employed ——- 69 coaches!!!!!!!.
        Jets lead the list with 10 while WSW have only had 1
        The strange thing is that there does not appear to be any correlation between the number of coaches employed relative to success achieved on the field. Sydney FC have used 9 while Roar, probably one of the more consistent performing teams in the comp, are third in the “coaches employed table” with 8 in 12 years.Adelaide and Glory follow with 7 and Victory follow with 6.
        So what do these figure tell us about what is deemed a successful coach.?
        As I have said before,coaches do not win games ,players do. It is this cold hard fact that administrators have to learn. Cheers jb.

    • April 17th 2017 @ 1:49pm
      Swanny said | April 17th 2017 @ 1:49pm | ! Report

      J b

      Players may win matches , but a bad coach makes winning almost impossible, jones was a bad coach . The fans of Newcastle know why he got the job

      • April 18th 2017 @ 7:12am
        j binnie said | April 18th 2017 @ 7:12am | ! Report

        Swanny – Let’s get rid of one sure thing,players DO win matches,coaches don’t even play, so when you say that BAD coaches “make winning impossible” it could point out that by using 69 coaches in 12 years many of our HAL teams are in huge trouble. No???? jb

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