By Ahmad Khan
Woodlands Wellington coach Darren Stewart has been shortlisted to take over at the helm of Australian side Newcastle Jets for next season.
Goal understands that the former Australian international has been invited over to be interviewed by Jets chairman Ray Baartz and his committee members for the Head Coach position for the upcoming 2014/2015 A-League season, and is expected to depart for the meeting soon.
Jets’ management have been impressed with Stewart’s managerial achievements in the S.League and sources close to Goal have also revealed that the 46-year-old has expressed an interest in the position.
Stewart won the League Cup with Balestier Khalsa last season and helped the team finish fourth in the league, their highest position ever in the history of the club. His success also led to him winning the Coach of the Year accolade at the Goal Singapore Football Awards last year. Stewart’s current club Woodlands are also undefeated in five matches in the S.League this season.
Jets, who have the likes of former England international Emile Heskey in their ranks, currently lie in seventh place in the A-League under interim head coach Clayton Zane, who has been with the club since January this year.