Newcastle Jets Statement

The Newcastle Jets has terminated the contract of coach Branko Culina, effective immediately, as well commencing the process of applying to the FFA to have the contract of Jason Culina set aside.

The Newcastle Jets has terminated the contract of coach Branko Culina, effective immediately, as well commencing the process of applying to the FFA to have the contract of Jason Culina set aside.

The moves follow the injury to Jason, which effectively rules him out of playing for the Jets in the foreseeable future.

Jets- Chief Executive Officer, Mr Robbie Middleby said, “The decision to terminate the contracts was made after a long deliberation by the Newcastle Jets- Advisory Board.”

“The Club believes that it is highly unlikely that Jason will return to the A-League in the near future, following medical advice,” he added.

Given the position the Club has taken on Jason Culina's contract, the position of the coach has become untenable.

The Club-s owner Mr Nathan Tinkler supports the position taken by the Jets- management team.

“Jason-s injury could mean the Jets are without their marquee player for up to three seasons - not a good result for the club, supporters, sponsors and players,” Mr Tinkler said.

“While I acknowledge the difficult timing of this announcement, I am confident in the character of the Jets- players and staff who will quickly put this matter behind them and enjoy a great season,” he concluded.

With the season just four days away, the players remain focused on the task that is Melbourne Heart this weekend.

“We thank Branko for his contribution to the Club and wish him all the best for the future,” captain Jobe Wheelhouse said.

“We are professional footballers and after our long pre-season it is important we remained focused on Saturday-s game.

“When faced with this type of adversity it can often spur players and the team on to greater performances.

“We are hopeful for a big turn out at Ausgrid Stadium, and our Members and supporters can be assured that we will do Newcastle proud.”

A statement outlining the Club's revised coaching structure will be made in the near future. Current NYL coach Craig Deans will prepare the team for Saturday's opening round against Melbourne Heart.