Newcastle Jets part ways with Ernie Merrick


Newcastle Jets can advise that Hyundai A-League Head Coach, Ernie Merrick will leave the Club, effective immediately.

He joined the Club in 2017 and took the Newcastle Jets to a Grand Final in his inaugural season, but with the side currently sitting bottom of the Hyundai A-League the Club’s ownership and senior management have taken the decision to part ways with Merrick.

The search for a new Head Coach is already in progress, with Westfield W-League Head Coach, Craig Deans and Hyundai A-League Assistant Coach, Qiang Li to step in for the interim.

There have been no changes to other coaching or football staff at the Club.  

Newcastle Jets CEO, Lawrie McKinna, thanked Merrick for his efforts during his time in Newcastle.

“During Ernie’s tenure, the Club reached it’s first Grand Final in more than ten years and we’re grateful for his contribution during his two and a half years in Newcastle,” McKinna said.

“However, results and performances haven’t been good enough this season and a change was needed.

“On behalf of everyone at the Club, I wish Ernie all the best in his future endeavours.”