Congratulations to West Australian-born Craig Deans, who has been appointed permanent head coach of A-League side Newcastle Jets.
Craig is a former centre-half with Floreat Athena, Western Knights and Bassendean Caledonian. He made 55 national league appearances in two spells with Perth Glory and also represented the WA State team several times, including high-profile contests against Nottingham Forest and West Ham United in 1995.
Deans moved east and had stints with Newcastle United and Newcastle Jets before a nagging knee injury forced him to retire. He turned to coaching and was briefly interim senior coach with the Jets in 2011/12 before taking on the role as head coach with the club’s women’s teams.
The 46-year-old took over as Jets’ interim boss after Carl Robinson’s departure for Western Sydney Wanderers in October last year.
Jets executive chairman Shane Mattiske said: “We’re very happy to be able to confirm Craig Deans as Head Coach of the Jets. He’s proven that during what was a challenging period, he can bring together a team and build real success.”