Two-time Hyundai A-League Coach of the Year Ernie Merrick, has been appointed Newcastle Jets’ new coach on a two-season contract which will see him remain at the club until the end of the 2018/19 season.
The Edinburgh born manager has a wealth of experience to his name, with 241 A-League matches under his belt and having won two Premierships and two Championships with his previous club Melbourne Victory in 2007 and 2009.
Merrick has most recently coached Wellington Phoenix for the previous three seasons, taking them to the 2015 final series before stepping down eight games into the 2016/17 season.
The Jets had been on the hunt for a new coach after the sacking of Mark Jones at the end of the 2016/17 season after serving only 1 year of a 2 year contract. Check out the new home of NBA bets.
“Newcastle Jets is a great club and is based in a region which has an outstanding football history,” Merrick said on Tuesday.
“I believe that the club has all the necessary ingredients for on-field success with a strong core of good quality players, a very competent staff, excellent facilities, and most importantly a wealth of extremely passionate fans.
“My role is to continue to resource and build the squad, engage with the community and to re-establish the Club as a major competitor in the Hyundai A-League.
“I very much appreciate this exciting opportunity that owner Martin Lee and CEO Lawrie McKinna have given me to commit to this challenge,” he said.
Lawrie McKinna highlighted the need for an experienced head coach to haul the club out of the doldrums.
“At this point in the club’s development we believe it is crucial that someone with a deep understanding of the Hyundai A-League both on and off the pitch takes charge of our first team and football department,” McKinna said.
“Ernie brings this in spades, and not only the first team but everyone associated with the Club should benefit from his knowledge, experience, and winning mentality in some way,” he said.