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By ESPN Staff

Newcastle Jets shed assistant coach Jones

Assistant coach Mark Jones has been dumped by the Newcastle Jets after five years with the A-League club.

A former player with the Newcastle Breakers, Jones was in charge of the NSW Institute of Sport before being appointed to assist then Jets head coach Gary van Egmond in October 2006.

During his time at the club Jones was integral in helping the Jets win the national title in the 2007/2008 season.

"Mark is clearly a committed, passionate and talented coach whom we regard very highly," said executive chairman Ken Edwards on Tuesday.

"However it is clear there was a difference in the coaching philosophy of Mark and (head coach) Branko (Culina) and that is why we have jointly taken the decision to head in another direction."

Jones, however was unable to hide his disappointment admitting he was saddened by the decision.

"I am sad that I won't be a part of the Jets going forward, but I understand the reasons for us all to be moving forward and this is the best solution for all involved," said Jones.

The Jets also announced the appointment of Craig Deans as the club's national youth league coach.

Deans will work under Culina as assistant coach at the Jets until a replacement for Jones is found.


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