Van Egmond to be sacked, replaced by Zane: reports

Sunday, 19 January 2014 11:31 PM

Van Egmond to be sacked, replaced by Zane: reports

Fox Sports News are tonight reporting that Newcastle Jets coach Gary Van Egmond will be sacked on Monday morning.

It was reported by Fox Sports News that The Advertiser had learnt that Van Egmond will be replaced tomorrow by former Socceroo forward, Clayton Zane.

Zane is currently the Jets Foxtel National Youth League coach and will reportedly take over as Head Coach for the remainder of the Hyundai A-League season.

The Advertiser is also reporting that Michael Bridges will add the role of assistant coach to that of his playing duties and that Van Egmond’s current assistant Craig Deans, will be offered Zane’s job as head coach of the National Youth League squad.

Newcastle has won only one of their past six games and gained one point from their past four matches, mostly recently going down 3-1 to Melbourne Heart on Friday night.

Van Egmond has coached the Jets twice, memorably winning the 2008 Grand Final against Central Coast Mariners before leaving in 2009 to coach at the Australian Institute of Sport. He returned for a second spell in charge prior to the start of the 2011/12 season.

The views in this article are of the author and not that of Football Federation Australia.


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Van Egmond rues contentious decision

Sunday, 5 January 2014 9:28 AM

Van Egmond rues contentious decision

Newcastle Jets coach Gary van Egmond believes his team were robbed of a clear-cut goal in their 1-0 loss to Perth Glory at Hunter Stadium on Saturday evening.

Jets defender Kew Jaliens bundled a half-volley towards goal in the 71st minute which Danny Vukovic blocked on the line with replays showing inconclusive evidence at best.

“It’s a goal. There’s not much we can do about it other than the fact that the linesman didn’t give it,” van Egmond said.

“They have a tough job but at the end of the day you get put there to do that job and you have to make those decisions.

“I don’t think it was a case where it was just a little bit over the line – I thought the one we had against the Mariners was a tougher call than this one – unfortunately they’ve gone the other way.”

Although disappointed with the decision, van Egmond believes the referees need to be given support in order to improve along with the progression and expansion of the A-League.

“We know it’s not an easy job – the one thing that we’ve got to try and do is support them. We’ve got to support them as much as we can,” he said.

“The game has gone on in leaps and bounds from a coaching perspective, from professionalism as far as players, to the way in which the clubs are run and the amount of money that’s being involved now.

“So I think the onus is on the FFA to ensure that they keep on working and helping the officials to keep on getting them better.”

Van Egmond admitted he was frustrated by the Jets lacklustre performance at home and highlighted their lack of impact in the front third as particularly disappointing.

“We need to get better at controlling games with the ball and that’s the task because it’s not about just about being able to play counter-attack football, it’s about also at stages being able to control the game with the ball,” he said.

“You should be really controlling the game, taking your opportunities and ensuring you get the three points. Today that didn’t happen.”

The Jets have now lost four of their past six matches, slipping to sixth on the A-League ladder.

“We’re back in the mix again, we’ve made it difficult for ourselves, we didn’t reap the rewards of getting good results against Brisbane away and Victory away,” van Egmond said.

“We’ve got ourselves back into the group to try and stay in the top six.

“That’s something that we could have avoided but unfortunately it hasn’t so roll up the sleeves and we’re on again.”

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Van Egmond returns fire after Gombau criticises Jets

Monday, 30 December 2013 8:27 AM

Van Egmond returns fire after Gombau criticises Jets

Newcastle Jets coach Gary van Egmond hit back at Adelaide United counterpart Josep Gombau’s accusations of foul play, insisting both sides were physical and guilty of ‘poor challenges’ during the Reds’ heated 1-0 win at Coopers Stadium on Sunday.

Gombau criticised the physical style of Newcastle, earlier in the week and then after the conclusion of Sunday’s encounter, which featured a flurry of ugly tackles and ordinary challenges.

During one half-hour stretch either side of half-time at Hindmarsh, six yellow cards were handed out, but van Egmond believed two teams were tangoing equally hard.

The Jets coach was also quick to remind Adelaide that the last time the two sides met, in round 5, the only player red-carded was Reds defender Nigel Boogaard.

“He (Gombau) is entitled to his opinion,” van Egmond said.

“I think there were some poor challenges from both sides.

“The one that (Marcelo) Carrusca did on Ruben (Zadkovich) – although he (Zadkovich) didn’t roll around 15 times – was a poor challenge.

“I think it’s fair to say both sides were fairly physical out there.

“If I remember rightly, the last time we played, it was one of the Adelaide players that got sent off, not one of ours.

“It’s a physical game – it’s the nature of the sport.”

Van Egmond was more disappointed with his side’s inability to capitalise in the front third as several promising forward forays were routinely brought undone on the chain’s final link, particularly when the Jets stole the momentum for patches of the second half.

“In the first half Adelaide seemed to control more of the game,” van Egmond said.

“In the second half they tried to protect their lead a little bit more and we started take more of the ascendancy.

“We didn’t do a great deal with it in the final third – we didn’t really create what I would say were clear-cut chances.

“We missed the moment and then we got countered.

“We’ve got more work to do in that front third, for sure.”

Newcastle’s loss sees them hanging precariously to fourth spot on the ladder, just a week after stunning the ladder-leading Brisbane Roar 2-0.

The unpredictable Jets have downed the Roar twice this season and have knocked off Melbourne Victory in their own backyard, yet have also had to settle for draws with the likes of Perth Glory and Wellington Phoenix

Van Egmond is keen to iron out the side’s week-to-week inconsistency.

“That is also an issue for us,” he said.

“We’ve gone away to Victory and beaten them, (and) we’ve been to Brisbane and beaten them.

“As you know, they’re probably second and third in terms of teams that are most likely in this competition.

“Ostensibly, it’s a fairly young squad and they’re still trying to find a way of getting more consistency week in week out.

“That comes from experience.”

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Defensive effort thrills van Egmond

Saturday, 21 December 2013 9:25 AM

Defensive effort thrills van Egmond

Newcastle Jets coach Gary van Egmond praised his team’s ability to resist an in-form Brisbane Roar side on the way to securing a precious 2-0 away victory against the ladder-leaders on Friday night.

The Jets enjoyed just 34 per cent of the possession, but maintained a solid defensive line to successfully repel every Brisbane attack.

A tactical adjustment from van Egmond 20 minutes into the first half enabled the Jets to curtail Brisbane’s early momentum and wrestle control of the game from the hosts.

The surface of the pitch, which was somewhat damaged following recent Taylor Swift and Bon Jovi concerts at Suncorp Stadium, also played into Newcastle’s hands, admitted van Egmond.

“We talked about trying to control the game without the ball,” he said.

“We started off with a 4-4-2, tried to play a diamond initially, and they just kept on getting out to the opposite side, and I just thought it was a matter of time until we were going to get ourselves in trouble there.

“So we switched back to a 4-3-3 and it made it a little bit easier for us to be a bit more compact and have numbers in the middle, with each wide player tucking into the two central midfielders.

“It wasn’t an easy game to try and play through the middle, with so many bodies in there and, of course, the way that the pitch was probably helped us as well, so we sort of tried to play to conditions as much as possible.

“But it was a fantastic effort by the players defensively and opportunist in regards to scoring a couple as well.”

The Newcastle coach had plenty of praise for Bundaberg-born midfielder Josh Brillante, who had a barnstorming game in the middle of the park.

“He’s excellent,” van Egmond said.

“He’s been doing very well this season, we’ve been very happy with him and very happy with his development.

“He’s probably playing a little bit higher than what I would envisage his favourite position to be, you know I see him more as a six or an eight.

“As with all six and eights, they do relish the opportunity of playing a bit further forward, and that is a good part of his development as well.

“But you have those ones who are 20, 19, 21 and have been very good youth players, and now they’ve got to make that transition into senior football.

“And this year he’s a real man, and a few of those other younger ones coming through are of the same mould, and it just augers very well for the future of this club.”

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Van Egmond: Referee mistake cost us

Sunday, 15 December 2013 7:41 AM

Van Egmond: Referee mistake cost us

Newcastle Jets coach Gary van Egmond has claimed referee Jarred Gillett ‘made a mistake’ that led to Western Sydney’s winning goal in the Jets’ 1-0 loss to the reigning A-League premiers at Hunter Stadium on Saturday night.

Wanderers striker Labinot Haliti looked to have pushed Jets defender Jacob Pepper in the back when he leapt to head Shinji Ono’s cross across to the far post where Mark Bridge headed home the 33rd minute goal that decided the match.

“I think the referee made a mistake,” said van Egmond of the incident.

“From my perspective and even from the player’s perspective they thought it was a foul.

“It even got to the stage where boys didn’t continue with the action because it looked like it was such an obvious foul – two hands in your back, you are going backwards, you are looking to jump, but you can’t jump because you get two hands in your back.”

The Jets coach also said he knew Bridge, a former club hero who scored a goal in Newcastle’s 2007/08 A-League Championship win, was a major threat in front of goal. It was Bridge’s sixth goal against his old club.

“He is a good finisher as we all know,” van Egmond said of Bridge.

“He has been here and he scored our Grand Final goal to win. But when he scores a header you know the gods are not with you because that is not his strong point.

“(I am) very disappointed. The last thing you want to do is lose at home.”

The Jets were dealt a blow before the match with marquee man Emile Heskey ruled out with a hamstring strain while in-form on-loan star Nathan Burns was rested after he had some fluid on the knee.

“It makes a big impact, him and Emile (Heskey) – you can’t just replace them with other players from within your squad because they are marquee players so it was a tough one,” van Egmond said.

“But again I thought the players who got put in those positions did really well.

“Hopefully we have erred on the side of caution with Emile and Nathan and they will be fine for Brisbane and games after.”


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Van Egmond: Heskey, Taggart need time

Sunday, 1 December 2013 10:38 AM

Newcastle coach Gary van Egmond conceded it would take some time before the Jets bedded down the new Emile Heskey-Adam Taggart combination up front after the pair’s off night in the 2-0 loss to Sydney FC on Saturday.

Heskey’s return from injury forced Taggart, who had scored six goals in three games leading into the trip to Sydney, to play a more subdued role as a half midfielder, half striker.

It didn’t really work, with Taggart unable to get into the game and Heskey too often the target of meaningless long balls as Newcastle dropped points for the first time in four weeks.

“There were moments there where the combination looked good but it’s definitely a work in progress, that type of combination,” Van Egmond said.

“The issue that we get is it’s such an easy thing to do, to knock in the long ball, because nine times out of 10 he (Heskey) wins that ball in the air.

“But if you do anything over and over from a long ball, which is not really a safe ball where you’re going to keep possession, there’s also an opportunity of losing that ball.

“We have to get better in the way in which utilise Emile. If you keep overplaying that (long) ball, it becomes easier to pick the second ball up.

“It’s (the Heskey-Taggart combination) a little different and we’ll have a look at that and decide what to do.”

Despite their problems up front, the Jets did create enough to deserve to steal a point from the match.

Their most glaring miss of the night came after 57 minutes when Nathan Burns blazed over the bar with the goal at his mercy.

Three minutes later Sydney went up the other end and put the nail in the coffin with a second goal through replacement Ranko Despotovic.

“We had enough chances to win the game,” Van Egmond lamented.

“There were decent parts when we played quite well and there were other times where I thought Sydney had the ascendency.

“There is still plenty of work for us to get better.”


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Van Egmond lauds Jets defence

Sunday, 10 November 2013 9:28 AM

Newcastle Jets coach Gary van Egmond believes a renewed defensive resolve has been a key reason for his side’s steady climb up the ladder this season, following Saturday’s 2-1 win over Adelaide United at Coopers Stadium.

Panned earlier in their campaign for a dearth of goals, Newcastle have found the back of the net four times in the past fortnight, with the foundations being laid nicely by an exciting, youthful back third.

The Jets defence stymied the Reds early and showed desperation and diligence late as the home side, switching to a 3-4-3 formation, stormed home with a wet sail desperate for an equaliser.

“That (defence) has been a big difference for us so far this year,” van Egmond said.

“We’ve conceded five goals in five games.

“You always keep yourself in the match that way.

“It’s a testament to the group with the way they’re defending.”

Van Egmond believes the match was largely played on the Jets’ terms to the extent they probably should have won by a greater margin.

Fabio Ferreira’s 71st-minute goal for the Reds made for a tense finale but two strikes either side of half-time to Dutchman Kew Jaliens and Socceroo Adam Taggart set up the win and made up for a host of close shaves early in the piece.

“In the first half we probably could have been a few more up,” van Egmond said.

“We had a couple of very good chances but unfortunately couldn’t get the ball into the back of the net through some desperate defending on Adelaide’s behalf.

“But we created a number of chances.

“They obviously threw everything at us (late in the match) … they went to a back three at the end.”

There were some nervy moments as Newcastle were regularly pinned back after bossing the best part of the first hour but van Egmond believed the experience would hold his young charges in good stead.

“That’s a bit of inexperience in knowing how to close out a game,” he said.

“The only way you’re going to get better at that is to experience those types of games and learning from it.”

One of van Egmond’s not-so-young contingent, marquee striker Emile Heskey, made a steady return from a knee injury after substituting on in the 70th minute.

He didn’t look out of touch and even copped some boos and jeers after being felled by red-carded Adelaide defender Nigel Boogaard.

He will likely play a more prominent role next weekend when the Jets host Brisbane Roar.

“It was great to see Emile get some game time,” van Egmond said.

“We’ll have a look [at the prospect of Heskey starting next weekend] and see how he’s pulled up and reassess from there.”


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