Craig Deans To Step Down As Head Coach Of Newcastle Jets

Club statement released on Thursday

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After just four months in the role, Newcastle Jets coach Craig Deans is set to step aside. 

The Jets have managed to win just four out of a possible 24 games this season, sparking the club's move to find a suitable replacement. 

Deans was initially placed as interim coach, before his official appointment as full-time head coach in February. 

The last-placed Jets have endured a difficult season, and Deans' short-lived ride will come to an end following the team's final game against Perth Glory on Saturday.

Newcastle released a statement on Thursday, with Deans confirming his decision to step down from the club where he finished his playing career.

“I’ve decided to step down as Head Coach. I’ve had conversations with the Club starting three or so weeks ago around my role and what I think is best for the future of the Club," the statement from Deans read.

“The decision is that I’ll step down. I’ll finish the season off and give the club the opportunity to find someone who can come in and have a full pre-season and the rest of this season to look at the players and plan a pre-season and bring in the players they need which is something we didn’t have last year.

"The last 18 months or so have been pretty tough and you put on a brave face every week and try and put a positive spin on everything but that takes a toll as a person. I think it’s best I make the decision and we make the change.

“I’d like to stay. I’ve had a chat with the Club about staying on in another capacity but that’s still a few weeks away.”

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3 June 2021

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