Newcastle Jets coach Carl Robinson has jumped into the frame for the newly-vacant Western Sydney Wanderers job, as the club look to move on quickly from Monday’s shock exit of Jean-Paul de Marigny.
The former Wales international has transformed the Jets since taking over from Ernie Merrick back in February, his ability to recruit cannily and bring the best out in players not missed by Wanderers owner Paul Lederer.
Whilst the likes of John Aloisi, Hayden Foxe, Ufuk Talay, and recently-appointed Wanderers academy coach Patrick Zwaanswijk have all been touted as possible successors to de Marigny, Robinson might be seen as just the man to halt an ongoing Wanderland decline.
The former Vancouver Whitecaps mentor guided the Jets to within three points of the playoffs and boasted the best record of any coach since the A-League resumed from the coronavirus shutdown in mid-July, collecting three wins and a draw.
He has a long-established record of focusing on youth development, famously setting Bayern Munich prodigy Alphonso Davies on his way to stardom with a debut for Vancouver at just 15.
It’s understood Wanderers are in advanced talks with their chosen one and an official announcement is likely before the end of the week.
In weighing up his next step Robinson, 44, is likely to take into account the ongoing uncertainty over the Jets ownership structure and viability, as FFA assesses the bona fides of one potential buyer at a board meeting on Wednesday.
Robinson remains contracted with the Jets until mid-2023, and the terms of any potential releases clauses are unknown.
The Wanderers and Jets were both contacted for comment.