Van Egmond's plans for Jets' future

"At this moment I am in the position of being the head coach here, but down the track we have spoken already about succession plans with the likes of Craig [assistant coach Deans] coming in and myself moving into a technical director role," van Egmond said yesterday in his first interview since turning the Sydney approach down.

"Again with the Emerging Jets program coming in, I really want to be a part of that.

"Of course, there could be a massive offer come from somewhere else. You always have to look at those options.

"Right here and now, being in your home town, being able to coach your team in the A-League, getting that vision and philosophy into your A-League team and through into your youth team and developing that down into the Emerging Jets program, I think that is a really, really sought-after position from my point of view to get involved in."

Van Egmond said there was "no set time" for the transition and for the moment his focus was on leading the club to a second championship.

The Jets, in partnership with Northern NSW Football, are one of the first A-League clubs to establish a formal pathway from the under-10s through to the A-League. Trials have been held with the program set to start next year.

As technical director, van Egmond would oversee the football aspects of the club from the Emerging Jets through to the A-League.

"The most disappointing part of Newcastle is in the last half dozen years is we don't have any players in the Young Socceroos and we don't have any players in the Joeys," he said. "That doesn't make sense to me. This area is littered with talented kids and as they are getting older, from seven-, eight-, nine-, ten-year-olds, we should be able to nurture them better."

Van Egmond described the Sydney offer as "very, very lucrative" but added "money is not everything".

"We are extremely happy here and I'm extremely happy working for the Hunter Sports Group and developing this club into the best club it can be," van Egmond said.

Van Egmond cut short his first stay at the Jets in 2009 to take up a position at the Australian Institute of Sport. Then owner Con Constantine threatened to take legal action over his defection.

"Last time I left I had a four-year deal but I just didn't see any light at the end of the tunnel," he said.

OPTIMISTIC: Gary van Egmond

OPTIMISTIC: Gary van Egmond


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