England and Manchester United legend Teddy Sheringham’s name is being linked with the vacant hit-seat in the Hunter Region along with old friend and country-man and Newcastle legend, Michael Bridges.
The club was sent into a tailspin two weeks ago when it sacked Scott Miller and his assistant Luciano Tranni out of the blue just over 30 days before the start of the new season. Fans and pundits were up in arms about the treatment of Miller who, in his first season in charge seemed to be making inroads into righting the much maligned culture and playing style of the club.
Fast-forward to today, still without a coach and still with a million and one questions being asked – there was a surprising revelation, Teddy Sheringham, the England international, along with Michael Bridges were keen to take the reins at the embattled club.
“I’m not going to hide the fact that I put my name forward for the job,” said Bridges. “Whether I have the experience or haven’t, I’ll back myself all the way. “Then an opportunity came up to join Teddy as a package. It would be silly not to want to work under somebody with his experience and pedigree. “The Premier League is massive in China, and having two ex-Premier League players might appeal to the Ledman Group, or it might not.”
Bridges mentioning the Ledman group is interesting given the rumours that Miller was removed as head coach due to issues with the Ledman Group, a rumour which has been vehemently denied.
With neither Bridges nor Sheringham possessing a wealth of experience in the managerial game, it would be an bold call for the Jets management and ownership to make, given that they’ve just removed an experienced coach. Bridges has been a staunch supporter of Scott Miller’s work with the club – ‘’Scott was doing a great job… What they have been doing has been working. They have belief now in the club.’’
It would appear as though the race for the job is between Sherignham and Bridge and Adelaide United NPL and W-League coach, Mark Jones, who has been strongly linked to the job despite just beginning his tenure with the Reds.