‘Dominate with the ball… higher up the ground’

Team huddle

The Newcastle Jets have secured Arthur Papas for the next two seasons and this is our new Manager’s football philosophy.

Papas has refined his footballing style throughout his coaching career which has seen him work in Japan and India.

Under the likes of Ange Postecoglou, Papas has been the understudy to one of Australia’s finest coaches and has drawn on his technical coaching experiences with the now Celtic boss, to develop his own approach to football management.

Jets announce Arthur Papas as A-League Manager

Q&A from Arthur Papas’ first press conference

“I had a great experience in Japan working for Ange, and that added many layers to my coaching style,” Papas said.

Papas believes in positive and attacking football which sees his side playing on the front foot and not being afraid to push up the field.

“I want my team to dominate with the ball,” he continued.  

“I like to play higher up the ground.


“I want my team to play with a press off the ball so we can put pressure on our opponents and win back possession.”

Papas plans to implement his methods with his youthful squad and hit the ground running in preparation for the 2021/22 A-League campaign.

“Everyone is going to get an opportunity to prove themselves,” Papas said.

“The A-League has a long pre-season as well, so we’ll get a really good chance to work together and be ready for the start of the season.”

The industrious cultural background of Newcastle is an ethos which Papas intends to engrain into the fabric of the team and to shape the mindset of the players.

“It’s a hardworking culture in terms of the whole city,” he said.

“They want you to have a go, they want you to be on the front foot.

“They can accept certain things as long as your aggressive in the nature that you approach it with.

“That suits the way I’ve built my teams as time has progressed.”