Gary van Egmond is resigned to continuing his coaching career outside Newcastle after losing his job as Emerging Jets academy director.
The Jets, who will take over the youth program from Northern NSW Football in October, announced this week that FFA national boys development manager Michael Cooper would be the academy’s new director.
Van Egmond, 52, was Jets coach when they won the A-League grand final in 2008 in his first stint at the club and returned for a second spell in 2011 after working at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra.
He was sacked by the Jets in January 2014 after a string of poor results and moved into the Emerging Jets role the following month.
Van Egmond told the Newcastle Herald on Thursday that moving cities was a fact of life for football coaches and he was fortunate to have spent so long in his adopted home town.
“Obviously I have to move on and have a look at something else and go from there,” the former Socceroos defender said.
“There’s a few other opportunities that are about.
“That’s football. That’s the landscape of the job.
“I’ve been extremely lucky and privileged to be involved for so long in what I call my home.
“In 2001 I moved up. I had a spell at the AIS for 2½ years, but other than that I’ve been within my home area, and that’s pretty unheard of. A lot of people don’t get that opportunity.”
Van Egmond is the Young Matildas head coach and will take the squad to the Asian under-19 championship in China in October. He is also a Matildas assistant coach, but neither role is full-time.
“I have to move. There’s nothing here, unless I decided to do an academy of some sort, but that’s not really what I want to do,” he said.
“You’re never confident, but I’m sure there’s something there. I’ll keep my eyes open and look for something.”
Cooper played in England’s lower leagues before injury curtailed his career.
The 34-year-old moved to Victoria in 2013 then the Central Coast two years later, where he met Jets chief executive Lawrie McKinna, who at the time was mayor of Gosford.
He was appointed the FFA’s national advanced coach development manager that year before moving into the boys’ development role three months ago.
He and Northern NSW Football’s technical director, fellow Englishman Michael Browne, will oversee the development of the region’s top talent.
The Jets will take over 11 boys and girls Emerging Jets teams from October 1.
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