Jets hire Stubbins as head coach

Sydney: Former Adelaide United and Australian Sports Institute coach Phil Stubbins will be the head coach of the Newcastle Jets for the next two seasons, the A-League club said on Monday.

Stubbins, 51, joins the Jets from Thailand where he was head coach at Bangkok Glass FC and Ayutthaya FC.

The announcement comes after the Jets said last week that they had withdrawn from talks with former Central Coast Mariners mentor Graham Arnold for the club`s vacant head coaching position.

Prior to his stint in Thailand, English-born Stubbins held coaching roles at the Australian Institute of Sport and Adelaide United, where he was assistant to Aurelio Vidmar when the Reds reached the final of the 2008 AFC Champions League.

"We firmly believe Phil is the right man to lead the club forward and we are delighted to welcome Phil to Newcastle," Jets CEO Robbie Middleby said.

"Phil is an experienced coach who knows the A-League and has strong man management skills. He will bring a winning mentality to the club and he knows what it takes to be successful."

Clayton Zane, who acted as interim head coach for the Jets` final 12 games this season, will serve as Stubbins` assistant coach with retired former Leeds United striker Michael Bridges joining the coaching set-up.

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