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Papas Interview with One Football

Jets Manager Arthur Papas answered some of One Football’s questions ahead of the 2021/22 season. 

Here are some of the key answers from the Papas’ interview. 

“I want people to talk about the football and say, ‘there was that team that Newcastle had and we loved going to watch them play, it was exciting and they always had it go,'” said Arthur Papas.

“I’m not in this just to get into the finals. That’s not enough, the bar isn’t low. There’s no ceiling with what I want to achieve with this club. There shouldn’t be. Anyone who puts a ceiling on it straight away has basically cancelled any ambition of where you could go.

“The main part for me is we have a certain culture within the staff and competency to deliver a world-class program, that is really the goal. To deliver an environment and program that players come and all they think about is today I’m going to get better and how am I going to get better and our staff are driving that daily. I feel, amongst improving players, I have a greater job than that and it’s about how do we align the staff and improve those areas to make sure players come in and know they’re coming into a special environment. We will create that because I have experience now, I’ve seen it first-hand at the best levels in Asia under one of the best managers in the world and that’s added layers to my coaching I’m sure. I’m constantly trying to grow and improve, which I’ve done from day one.”

Click here for the link to the full article. 

Papas Question and Answer

Jets Manager Arthur Papas sat down with Newcastle Herald reporter James Gardner for a long form question and answer following his appointment this week.

JG. On confirming your appointment, Jets boss Shane Mattiske said you would implement a style of play that resonates with Newcastle.

AP. Newcastle has a hard-working culture. The fans want you to have a go. They want you to be on the front foot. They can accept certain things as long as you are aggressive in the nature you approach it with. That suits the way I build my teams.

JG. The Jets went from last to a grand final in 2018. How quickly can this side improve?

AP. The objective is to improve. That is the reason I have come on board. It is step by step. We need to make sure that every day we work at a certain level. It is a process that takes time but in football you don’t get much time. The objective now is to get on the ground, understand the landscape and build from there.

For the rest of the interview, click here to view the Herald website.

New Zealand squad for Olympic Games

With less than 30 days until New Zealand’s opening matches, New Zealand Football and the New Zealand Olympic Committee have announced the players in the Football Ferns (women’s) and OlyWhites (men’s) teams.

 Joey Champness has been selected in the OlyWhites side.

Goalkeepers: Michael Woud (Almere City FC), Jamie Searle (Swansea City AFC)
Defenders: Michael Boxall (Minnesota United), Liberato Cacace (Sint-Truidense VV), Callan Elliot (Xanthi FC), Dane Ingham (Perth Glory), Nando Pijnaker (Rio Ave FC), Winston Reid (West Ham United) or Tim Payne (Wellington Phoenix, NZ), George Stanger (Hamilton Academical)
Midfielders: Joe Bell (Viking FK), Clayton Lewis (Wellington Phoenix), Marko Stamenic (FC Copenhagen), Gianni Stensness (Central Coast Mariners)
Forwards: Joey Champness (Newcastle Jets), Elijah Just (FC Helsingør), Callum McCowatt (FC Helsingør), Ben Waine (Wellington Phoenix), Christopher Wood (Burnley FC)

Alternates: Matthew Garbett (Falkenbergs FF, Sweden), Ben Old (Wellington Phoenix, NZ), Alex Paulsen (Wellington Phoenix, NZ), Sam Sutton (Wellington Phoenix, NZ)

*Winston Reid is subject to availability and is therefore bracketed with Tim Payne

Shane Mattiske Q and A

The Executive Chairman appeared on the Crossbar Capers podcast during the week to discuss a range of topics throughout the Club.

The key points from the podcast can be found below: 

Q) What are the club doing to strengthen the squad?

A) We will be looking in our backyard but also internationally to find the right players. We’ll be applying real rigour to the recruitment process because we want value and performance. We will have some really exciting names to announce and hopefully these signings will show what we’re trying to do in building a really successful, competitive and balanced squad.

Q) How close is the club to appointing a new coach?

A) We have to look broadly at who is available and consider who is the right coach for our club. We’re a club that must have a strong local interest and we have to be fiercely competitive on the pitch. Ultimately, we have to make our town and region proud. We will be soon announcing our long-term vision for the Club and our direction.

Q) Will the membership structure change and could the membership prices increase?

A) We thank everyone that made that financial commitment last season because it was a tough year. We haven’t changed membership significantly but there are some slight increases. This will improve the value of our membership package and will provide a greater range of choices for our members. We’re a community club, we can’t be successful without community involvement. We want to reconnect and build our relationship with the Newcastle community.

Q) What is the situation with sponsors?

A) Getting the right sponsors is critical for our success. We need to do the hard work to get the right people on board and have the community with us in trying to achieve success and building a long-term view for the club. We need to build trust and if we’re heading in the right direction than we can be in a positive space in the future. The front of jersey sponsor is something we are considering and working toward getting done and having that secured. This applies to the W-League team as well, we also want them to have that corporate sponsor.

Q) What is being done to build the W-League team?

A) W-League players are on one year contract which makes it difficult for these players. So we are starting a process to keep key players and also brining in quality for our W-League side. Thankfully our community is supportive of the W-League and we hope we can build their success into the future.