Wanderers target Jets coach

Western Sydney Wanderers want Newcastle Jets coach Carl Robinson to replace departed mentor Jean-Paul de Marigny.

The Jets confirmed on Wednesday that the Wanderers had made an “official approach” for the services of Robinson, who is contracted to Newcastle for the next three A-League seasons.

“The club has granted permission for the two parties to enter discussions,” the Jets said in a short statement.

“There will be no further comment from the club at this time.”

Welshman Robinson took charge of the Jets in February following Newcastle’s sacking of Ernie Merrick.

Club statement: Carl Robinson.

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The former Vancouver Whitecaps manager lifted the Jets up the ladder, with Newcastle being among the best performing teams in the July-August end-of-season NSW hub despite missing out on a finals berth.

However, uncertainty over the Jets’ ownership and financial stability could lead to Robinson leaving the Jets for the Wanderers particularly now that he has been given permission to negotiate with Western Sydney officials.

The Wanderers, who also missed the A-League finals series, parted way with de Marigny on Monday only three months after appointing him as a permanent replacement for sacked German coach Markus Babbel.

Others linked to the Wanderers job include former Roar coach John Aloisi, Phoenix coach Ufuk Talay, Glory assistant Hayden Foxe, and former Central Coast Mariners defender Patrick Zwaanswijk, who is on Western Sydney’s coaching staff.

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