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From the Championship to the Spoon

From the Championship to the Spoon

People say you should not get back together with an ex, as it will never end well. This can equally be applied to football coaches and ex-clubs.Gary Van Egmond chats to Behind the Game on his two stints as manager at Newcastle Jets, where he achieved success in his first period but his second time in charge was full of struggles.

Originally getting the job as a caretaker coach during the Newcastle Jets second season until a more experienced candidate could be found, reportedly Frank Farina. However results kept going Van Egmond’s way and he was given the job.

In what was a successful period for the club Van Egmond led them to the A-League championship in 06/07. Unfortunately the following year the wheels fell off and Newcastle ended up finishing in last position on the table.

'There was no planning, we were very lucky the season before that we had some good young players'

'From a management point of view we lost our way, from the perspective on how to create a club'

Only 2 years later with the Newcastle Jets under the new ownership of Nathan Tinkler, Van Egmond was appointed manager for his second time in charge. Unfortunately he was unable to achieve the success he had during his first spell.

'Coming back wasn’t a decision of ease, I came back because I believed in what i could told on how the club would be run'

Despite more money seemingly being available for the club, it wasn’t long before cracks started to appear.

"On the budget, we never knew what we had. How much were the owners prepared to pay on Marquees?'

Football decisions were not always left to the football management department who despite planning and trying to build team for a system of play Van Egmond was told the club had signed Emile Heskey.

"Emile Heskey really wasn’t the piece of the jigsaw puzzle that we were looking for"

The 1988 Seoul Olympics was were Gary Van Egmond made his debut for the Socceroos, going onto make 15 appearances for the national side. Australia was drawn in the same group as Brazil, Nigeria and Yugoslavia. Despite qualifying from the difficult group they were knocked out against eventual Gold Medallist’s the Soviet Union.

 "I was a late inclusion into the Olympic team, then all of a sudden you are playing against some of the best players in the world in Romario, Geovani, Dobrovolski and Mykhaylychenko”

"It was a huge step up and an experience I will never forget"

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