Jets advisory board ready to get on with job

Jets Football Advisory Board chairman Ray Baartz admitted yesterday to a great sense of relief at the news Nathan Tinkler had reconciled with Football Federation Australia.

‘‘Whether it was handled the right or wrong way, the point is both parties have made a commitment to go forward,’’ the former Socceroos vice-captain said. ‘‘We have to look to the future with confidence. ‘‘I believe that Nathan Tinkler had good intentions of being there for the 10 years when he first took on the licence. Events were brought to his attention that left a sour taste in his mouth, but those points have been resolved.

‘‘I don’t see any reason for concern that anything similar will happen over the next eight years [of the licence].’’

The Football Advisory Board, comprising Baartz, Joe Senkalski, Cheryl Salisbury, Neil Jameson and Keith Harris, had been working behind the scenes to ensure the club’s survival during the impasse.

Baartz, Jameson and Harris held a crisis meeting with FFA chief executive Ben Buckley in Sydney a day after Hunter Sports Group announced its decision to shut the club down.

‘‘Our preference was always for a reconciliation between HSG and FFA,’’ Baartz said.

‘‘For the long-term future of the game it is the only way we would have secured financial stability.

‘‘The proposed community model may have been a fix in the short term, but to sustain that type of model over the long term would have been a battle year after year.

‘‘If you look at what had been achieved under HSG over the past 18 months, there were so many good points. They are things we need to build on. We need to move forward with a positive outlook.’’

Jameson, a respected journalist who was involved in the formation of KB United and played an integral role in the Jets gaining an A-League licence, said: ‘‘I sincerely hope both parties have taken note of the lessons of the last three weeks and out of this we ultimately get an improved Newcastle Jets.’’

Senkalski, a former Socceroo and school teacher, said the uproar from the fans at HSG’s original decision should be a sign to Tinkler.

‘‘I don’t think Nathan was quite aware of the backlash he would receive from the 10,000-member base,’’ he said.

Senkalski was shocked by the stance but was confident it would not affect the relationship between the advisory board and HSG management.

‘‘Our role on the board is to make decisions on the current running of the club,’’ he said.

‘‘It had gone beyond that, so I was not offended that we were not informed.

‘‘I’m not sure if there is a mental hill to climb. We have to look across a table at a group, who for their own administration reasons, that action was the best way to go.

‘‘To me it would only be a molehill and one we can get over.’’

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