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Jets jettison coach after pre-season spat

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Newcastle are searching for a seventh coach in less than five years after sacking Scott Miller on the cusp of the new A-League season.

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Jets hierarchy cited “differences related to football matters” as the reason for axing Miller, who only joined the club 14 months ago.

A falling out among coaches is believed to be the reason behind the shock sacking. It’s understood Miller sent assistant Luc Trani home from the club’s recent pre-season tour of China.

Newcastle CEO Lawrie McKinna says the timing of the sacking is “far from ideal” given the Jets’ A-League season starts on October 9.

“But once the decision was made to move in a different direction regarding the head coach role, we deemed it to be in everyone’s best interests to act quickly,” McKinna said in a statement.

“I met with Scott this morning to inform him of the decision.”

Miller coached the Jets to eighth place in his debut A-League season as manager after the 34-year-old replaced Phil Stubbins, who also only lasted one season as Newcastle coach.

Miller and assistant coach Luc Trani, who joined the club in June, are believed to have fallen out during the Jets’ recent pre-season tour of China.

Trani is understood to have been sent home early from China by Miller, who was appointed to the manager’s role by Football Federation Australia (FFA) in June last year.

FFA announced in June this year it had sold the club to the Ledman Group based in Shenzen in China.

-AAP

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