FORMER Adelaide United assistant coach Phil Stubbins has been named as the Newcastle Jets' new coach.
Stubbins, 51, signed a two-year contract with the A-League club, which has missed the finals for the past four seasons.
Clayton Zane, interim coach after Gary van Egmond was sacked in January, will stay as Stubbins' assistant. James Pascoe will continue as youth team coach and Michael Bridges will take charge of the Emerging Jets under-18s.
Stubbins was one of three candidates for the top job, along with former All Whites and Wellington Phoenix coach Ricki Herbert and Birmingham City boss Lee Clark. He was shortlisted in 2011 before van Egmond returned for his second term.
A former midfielder for Heidelberg and South Melbourne in the old National Soccer League, Stubbins is entrusted by the club's executives to turn the under-performing team around.
Stubbins said he looked forward to establishing a clear identity and winning culture for the Newcastle Jets.