Football legends say they’re keen on Newcastle Jets coaching gig

By Warren Barnsley, Warren Barnsley is a Roar Guru

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    Football greats Harry Kewell and Robbie Fowler have flagged interest in coaching A-League battlers Newcastle Jets.

    Jets chief executive Lawrie McKinna has confirmed retired Socceroos star Kewell has enquired about the position vacated by Mark Jones last week.

    “I did get notified by the agent later last night (on Wednesday) that Kewell was interested in putting his name forward,” McKinna told Sky Sports Radio on Thursday.

    Liverpool legend Fowler, who had playing stints in Australia with North Queensland Fury and Perth Glory, has also approached the club and will be considered.

    Fowler, 42, told News Corp Australia he “would be interested if everything was right.”

    The Englishman was reportedly keen on the job last year before the appointment of Jones, who was axed after the club claimed the wooden spoon.

    The pair’s lack of senior coaching experience will count against them for the Jets role, with McKinna reiterating a desire to engage an experienced coach to address the club’s turbulent recent coaching history.

    Kewell was recently let go by English club Watford where he coached the under-23s following a string of disappointing results.

    Fowler, who has 163 English Premier League goals and 27 England caps, has never coached at a high level.

    “I think because of respect for who the guy (Kewell) is, you have to look at it,” McKinna said.

    “But my views are that we need some experience and stability.”

    The club’s football operations boss Joel Griffiths said contenders for the role would be scrutinised heavily.

    “We can’t afford to get this wrong,” Griffiths told SBS.

    “People’s jobs are on the line. Mine is and the same with Lawrie.

    “With Harry, he’d bring plenty of headlines and he has a great playing pedigree. I don’t know so much about his coaching pedigree.”

    Newcastle sacked Jones after the club went from finals contenders to wooden-spooners by losing their final six games and going winless in their last 10.

    He was yet another first-year A-League coach to be axed just one campaign in, along with predecessors Scott Miller (eighth, 2015-16) and Phil Stubbins (wooden spoon, 2014-15).

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    The Crowd Says (4)

    • Roar Guru

      April 20th 2017 @ 5:23pm
      Ben of Phnom Penh said | April 20th 2017 @ 5:23pm | ! Report

      The Jets don’t need a football legend, they need a proven coach.

      • Roar Guru

        April 20th 2017 @ 7:46pm
        Griffo said | April 20th 2017 @ 7:46pm | ! Report

        Yep, a few of our recent appointments were unproven at this level.

        Time to get a proven, senior coach with great management, recruiting and planning experience.

        • April 21st 2017 @ 1:00pm
          Franko said | April 21st 2017 @ 1:00pm | ! Report

          Rekon Kewell could be your man.

          Has the licences, has coaching experience in Europe and what young Aussie wouldn’t want to play for him? Think of some of the managers he has learnt from in his playing days.

          Could be the next Okon.

    • April 21st 2017 @ 12:28am
      jupiter 53 said | April 21st 2017 @ 12:28am | ! Report

      Wikipedia reckons that Kewell has UEFA B and A licences.
      Fowler’s entry has no mention of coaching qualifications.
      Wikipedia also says that the UEFA A licence allows holders to be head coaches of men’s professional second-tier clubs, youths up to age 18, and reserve teams (also known as ‘B’ teams) for top-flight clubs.

      So on that basis the Jets should be laughing at Fowler, and telling Kewell to get a Pro licence, and some more experience.

      Seriously, someone in management at the Jets must realise they need a proper coach. They have had a wasted season, whereas under Okon the Mariners have made progress despite a very thin playing roster, and have something to build on for next season.

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