Newcastle Jets have confirmed Craig Deans will become the club’s new head coach on a permanent basis, having begun the season in the role on an interim role.
Deans took over following the departure of Carl Robinson for Western Sydney Wanderers in October of last year after less than a year in charge.
That left Deans taking the Jets into the new season before being announced as the permanent head coach on Wednesday following a run of two wins and a draw from their last three games to climb to eighth on the A-League ladder.
Deans, who has spent his last 17 years in the Hunter as a player first and then in a number of different coaching positions, beat out 20 other candidates for the role.
“We’re very happy to be able to confirm Craig Deans as Head Coach of the Jets,” Executive Chairman, Shane Mattiske said.
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“He’s proven that during what was a challenging period, he can bring together a team and build real success.
“He comes from our community, deeply understands our Club and our Players, and has demonstrated his ability to deliver a very competitive team within a very tough competition.
“He is the right person for this team, this town and this region.
“Craig has created a side that is working for each other, working for him and working for our community. We look forward to seeing this momentum carry forward in this season’s competition and beyond.
“With this move to cement Craig as the Head Coach for the Club, we are committing to support him and the team with the resources to ensure that we will be fiercely competitive.
“Craig is part of the Club’s commitment to our future success – and we look forward to our fans, members and partners standing behind Craig, our team and our Club in our fight for the ultimate success.
“With our next home game scheduled for Sunday, February 28, we hope to see all our members and fans to come out to show their support for Craig and the team.”
Deans added: “I’m very proud to be given the opportunity to lead the Club,” Deans said.
“After successfully working through some challenging times as a Club, we can now focus on moving forward and building a strong culture both on and off the field to enable us to bring success to this Club and the Newcastle region.
“I would like to thank Shane and the new ownership group for putting their faith in me and thank the players for their commitment and effort through the pre-season and the first seven games of the season.
“I also want to say a big thanks to all the coaching and support staff who work beside me, and within the Jets system, for all that they have done in helping me get to this point.
“Finally, I want to thank the fans for their valuable support. We’re back at McDonald Jones Stadium on February 28 and I cannot wait to see our fans and members out in force to support the team.”