Jets announce Arthur Papas as A-League Manager


The Newcastle Jets are pleased to announce the appointment of Arthur Papas as Manager.  

Papas has been contracted for the 2021/22 and 2022/23 seasons and will commence work with the Club immediately.

“It’s an honour for me to become the Manager of the Newcastle Jets,” Papas said. 

“It’s a wonderful story having been part of the Jets almost 10 years ago and to be coming back here now as Manager to lead a club desperate to improve. I’m incredibly excited to work here.

“At the moment there is a lot of work happening behind the scenes but the overall aim is always to make our supporters happy, and to do that we need to proceed with a recognisable style of play, a team that plays without fear to attack and a team that resonates with such a hard-working community.”


Despite being a young coach, Papas comes into the role with a wealth of experience.

Papas’ coaching career has spanned across India with the U23 National Team and Saudi Arabia as an assistant coach with Ettifaq FC.

The 41-year-old has spent the last two-and-a-half years in Japan, first assisting Ange Postecoglou at Yokohama F. Marinos before taking the reins at J3 League side Kagoshima United.

The Melbourne born tactician also has strong ties to the Jets, having previously coached as Youth Team Head Coach and A-League Assistant 10 years ago.


“Arthur comes to the Club after building a significant resume in both the elite Australian football systems and more recently in overseas football structures,” Executive Chairman, Shane Mattiske said.  

“He was the understudy to Ange Postecoglou, who has just established himself as the most successful Australian coach in Europe, with his appointment at Celtic and Arthur comes to us from a lead role within Japanese football.

“Arthur will establish a strong football structure and bring a football philosophy focused on positive play, fierce competition and speed in attack.”