The Newcastle Jets have appointed former Adelaide assistant Phil Stubbins as head coach on a two-year deal.
Stubbins, who's been contracted until the conclusion of the 2015/16 season, joins the A-League club from Thailand, where he was head coach at Bangkok Glass FC and Ayutthaya FC.
He previously held coaching roles at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) and Adelaide United.
Stubbins was assistant coach during the most successful period in the Reds' history, which included reaching the final of the Asian Champions League and competing at the FIFA Club World Cup.
Clayton Zane, who acted as interim head coach for the final 12 games of this season following Gary van Egmond's sacking, will serve as Stubbins' assistant.
Newcastle pursued Graham Arnold but last week announced it had pulled out of the race for the in-demand former Central Coast coach, who is likely to end up at Sydney FC.
Jets chief executive Robbie Middleby said he had every faith Stubbins was the right choice.
‘‘We firmly believe Phil is the right man to lead the club forward and we are delighted to welcome Phil to Newcastle,’’ he said in a statement.
‘‘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.’’
Stubbins said he is excited by the club’s potential.
‘‘It’s a fantastic challenge and I certainly believe in this squad. We want to give the club and its members the success they deserve,’’ the 51-year-old said.
‘‘My efforts will be to cultivate a clear identity and winning culture here at the Newcastle Jets.’’
Stubbins will have several big decisions to make, with the likes of marquee star Emile Heskey, David Carney, Joel Griffiths, Josh Mitchell, Joey Gibbs, Nick Ward and James Brown all currently off contract.
The club has also confirmed that retired striker Michael Bridges will join Newcastle’s coaching set-up, starting as coach for the under-18 Emerging Jets team.