Sunday, November 25, 2012
Van Egmond turns down Sydney coaching role
Newcastle's Gary van Egmond has turned down an offer to fill the vacant coaching role at A-League rivals Sydney FC.In response to speculation on Monday linking van Egmond to the Sky Blues, with an offer to begin immediately believed to be on the table, the Jets moved quickly to say he would be staying in Newcastle."Gary is a great coach and it is a massive compliment that Sydney FC would be chasing his services," Newcastle chief executive Robbie Middleby said in a statement."In saying that, we feel it is disrespectful to approach a contracted coach to leave any club at this point in a season."Gary has made it clear he is remaining loyal and staying here to continue what he has started, including the development of our exciting young players and in particular, growing the Emerging Jets Program."Ian Crook resigned as Sydney FC coach earlier this month, citing a loss of passion for the reason behind his departure.Crook's assistant Steve Corica has been working in a caretaker role since.Despite the high profile acquisition of Alessandro del Piero the Sky Blues remain anchored to the bottom of the A-League ladder with just two wins from eight games and a goal difference of -10.