Newcastle Jets announce additional support staff

Newcastle Jets have bolstered Craig Deans’ support staff, providing the Head Coach with additional resources. 

The Jets are pleased to confirm the appointment of Karl Dodd as the Club’s new Assistant Coach. 

Dodd, the former Guam national team joins the Jets today, having returned to Australia.

“When the Club heard Karl was returning to Australia, we jumped at the opportunity to reach out to him about coming on board,” Deans said.  

“I’ve worked with him previously at the Jets and kept in contact with him.  

“We would discuss football often and see the game in a similar way, but we have different methods in the way we coach.” 

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Under Dodd, Guam had its largest victory margin over a FIFA member nation, a 5-0 victory over Bhutan in 2019. 

The 40-year-old is familiar with the Jets, having worked in strength and conditioning with the Club in 2013 after finishing his A-League career.  

“The skillset he brings will compliment mine,” Deans continued. 

“He has a different background to mine. I’m an ex-footballer and Doddsy has a background in Sports Science and Strength and Conditioning.” 

In addition to the arrival of Dodd, the Jets recently welcomed Luke Mitchell onboard to head up video analysis. 

“We see things as coaches on the field and it’s important we have someone who can grab that footage for us and reinforce coaching points,” Deans said of Mitchell. 

“Luke’s job is really important for the development of the younger players we have. 

“To have someone capturing the data and moments in a game to bring the information to the players after training or at halftime is an important role and one we haven’t had before.” 

The Jets are also the first team in the A-League to use the Catapult video analysis software.

  The innovative technology will assist Mitchell with his Performance Analyst role.  

“We are just scratching the surface with the software and what we can do,” Deans continued.  

“The relationship with Catapult is new for us. We are fortunate they are building a software platform that’s tailormade for us.”