Carl Robinson's stunning coaching switch from the Newcastle Jets to the Western Sydney Wanderers was confirmed on Thursday.

Robinson, 44, takes over at the Wanderers after leaving the Jets, where he had three years left on his contract.

It comes amid financial woes at Newcastle and just days after Jean-Paul de Marigny left Western Sydney despite being appointed full-time coach three months ago.

Robinson's impressive start in the A-League – the Welshman was appointed by Newcastle in February – saw the Wanderers make their move.

Using Opta data, we take a look at how his start compares to other A-League coaches.

Robinson won six, drew three and lost just one of his 10 games at the helm of the Jets, accumulating 21 points as Newcastle missed the finals.

That tally is the second best of any coach in A-League history through 10 games, with only former Adelaide United boss Rini Coolen (22 points) making a better start.

Coolen is the only coach in A-League history to be undefeated in his first 10 games (minimum 10 career games).

The Dutchman took charge of the Reds in 2010-11 after a poor 2009-10 campaign, and they finished third in the table before losing in the semi-finals.

John Kosmina and Gary van Egmond each collected 20 points to be ahead of Warren Joyce, Vitezslav Lavicka and Erick Mombaerts (19) on the list and behind Robinson.

Former Brisbane Roar boss Frans Thijssen and current Australia coach Graham Arnold round out the top nine.

Wellington Phoenix's hopes of advancing directly to the A-League semi-finals were dashed by a 3-0 loss to Newcastle Jets on Thursday.

The Phoenix's failure to win their final game of the regular season means they will go into the elimination finals, with Melbourne City guaranteed to finish second.

Wellington dominated the first half but were unable to find a way past the Jets' debutant goalkeeper Noah James, and Nick Fitzgerald's deflected shot gave Newcastle the lead against the run of play on the stroke of half-time.

Stefan Marinovic made a couple of good saves before substitute Bernie Ibini drilled into the bottom-right corner following a swift Jets break in the 76th minute.

Wellington were unfortunate not to get a penalty when Callan Elliot went down under pressure from Connor O'Toole, and Newcastle had their second goal in three minutes when Jason Hoffman slammed Dimitri Petratos' backheel in off the underside of the bar.

The Jets consequently finish the season with a five-game unbeaten run, which included victories over each of the top three, while Ufuk Talay's Phoenix head into the Finals winless in four.

Newcastle Jets kept up their bright form since the A-League restart as Roy O'Donovan's smart header earned a 1-0 win over Western United.

The Jets made it seven points from a possible nine since the league's lockdown ended as a crowd of 2,570 saw a home success at the McDonald Jones Stadium.

O'Donovan netted in the 29th minute, timing his run to meet Jason Hoffman's cross from the right and glance the ball across goal into the left corner.

It was the experienced Irish forward's 10th goal of the season, and his fourth since arriving at Newcastle from the Brisbane Roar in January.

O'Donovan later struck the outside of the post, while the visitors were denied an equaliser when Besart Berisha found the net with a close-range volley but was flagged offside.

Newcastle jumped two places to seventh with their win, nudging above Western United who fell to eighth.

Central Coast Mariners ended their record-equalling run of A-League defeats with a goalless draw that did damage to opponents Newcastle Jets' Finals hopes.

The Mariners had lost 11 games in succession - matching New Zealand Knights' 2005 slump - to sit bottom of the ladder, yet they kept rivals Newcastle at bay at home on Friday.

After wins either side of the league's lockdown boosted hopes of a top-six finish, the Jets flattered to deceive in a poor game of few chances.

Not until the 81st minute was Central Coast goalkeeper and captain Mark Birighitti seriously tested, but he was equal to Kosta Petratos' close-range finish with a fine save.

The stalemate leaves Newcastle two points shy of sixth-placed Adelaide United having played two matches more.

Kosta Petratos scored a stoppage-time winner as Newcastle Jets prevented Sydney FC from clinching the A-League Premiers' Plate with a 2-1 victory at Jubilee Oval on Tuesday.

The Sky Blues only needed a point to be guaranteed top spot, but suffered just a third league defeat of the season.

Anthony Caceres put the defending champions in front from close range after 25 minutes, but the Jets stormed back to keep their finals hopes alive with three games to play.

Nick Fitzgerald equalised in style with a volley and Petratos won it with time almost up, turning before firing into the far corner from just outside the penalty area.

Football Federation Australia (FFA) released the schedule for the remaining matches of the coronavirus-hit A-League season, with a bonanza of 27 games in 28 matches before a quick-fire finals series.

The 2019-20 A-League campaign has been suspended since March due to the COVID-19 crisis, but Australia's premier football competition is set to restart on July 16 followed by a five-game finals series – the Grand Final to take place on August 23.

A derby between Melbourne Victory and Western United – originally scheduled for AAMI Park in Melbourne – will be played at a stadium still to be determined due to a spike in coronavirus cases in the state.

Six venues will be used in New South Wales and Queensland with the potential for more to be added subject to government regulations – ANZ Stadium (NSW), Bankwest Stadium (NSW), Central Coast Stadium (NSW), McDonald Jones Stadium (NSW), Jubilee Stadium (NSW) and Cbus Stadium (QLD).

"Over the past three months all stakeholders have been working hard together with one goal in mind – To finish what we started," FFA's Head of Leagues Greg O'Rourke said on Wednesday.

"We know the COVID-19 environment has been very difficult for many people in our community and we hope that delivering an extravaganza of matches will allow our fans to basically see a game everyday will be a unique experience for those who have stood by us.

"As we are a truly national game, the current border controls means that some of the match day venues may need to change, however we have secured venues in both a NSW Hub model and a hybrid hub model which has most games in NSW but allows for a few games in other states.

"Whilst we don't see the draw changing, the planning we have undertaken provides us with agility to shift between certain states if required. This version of the draw displays our current venue plan.

"We will continue to work with the Federal and State governments to ensure the health and safety of our players, coaches and other stakeholders and have detailed and practical protocols in place for all parties involved in training and match days.

"I am excited to see us kick off the restart and ultimately finish off what we started last October, with our priority always being to be in a position to crown our Hyundai A-League premiers and champions for this season."

Defending champions Sydney FC top the table by eight points through 20 matches, though second-placed Melbourne City have played three games less.

Sydney FC were never going to be stopped in the race for the A-League Premiers' Plate, but one club joined them in red-hot form late in the regular season.

The campaign was suspended last month due to the coronavirus pandemic with the Sky Blues on track to win a record fourth premiership.

Steve Corica's men were eight points clear and had three games in hand when the season was stopped.

Using Opta data, we predict the rest of the A-League regular season and while Sydney FC were unstoppable, one other club hit fine form.

 

SYDNEY MATCH POINTS RECORD

The Sky Blues' dominance continued late in the regular season.

Sydney went on to win each of their final six games and 21 of 26 to end up 17 points clear atop the table.

Only one team matched such a run late in the season – and they went on to finish second, a position that was held by Melbourne City when the campaign was suspended.

Sydney also matched their record points haul from 2016-17 with 66 points, despite playing one fewer game.

GLORIOUS PERTH PURR

Perth Glory, third when the season was stopped, also grabbed six wins from six to charge into second place.

With four of their last six at home and their two trips being to Western Sydney Wanderers and Adelaide United, Perth found form to secure a home Semi-Final.

Sydney and Perth also finished as the top two last season before going on to meet in the Grand Final.

 

FOWLER'S ROAR, WESTERN UNITED IN FINALS AS VICTORY LEAVE RUN LATE

Under Robbie Fowler, Brisbane Roar managed just three points from their final four games, but even that was enough to finish fifth.

Meanwhile, in their maiden A-League season, Western United clinched the last finals spot, finishing four points clear in sixth.

Struggling in 10th when the campaign was stopped, Melbourne Victory charged but fell short.

They grabbed 12 points from their last five games but it was only enough to finish seventh, missing the finals for the first time since 2011-12.

 

A-League table at end of regular season
1. Sydney FC – 66
2. Perth Glory – 49
3. Melbourne City – 43
4. Wellington Phoenix – 42
5. Brisbane Roar – 38
6. Western United – 36

7. Melbourne Victory – 32
8. Western Sydney Wanderers – 32
9. Newcastle Jets – 30
10. Adelaide United – 27
11. Central Coast Mariners – 13

The Newcastle Jets confirmed one of their players had tested positive for coronavirus.

The Jets were in A-League action on Monday in what proved to be the final game before the season was suspended due to the pandemic.

In a statement on Saturday, Newcastle confirmed a player had tested positive for COVID-19, but was feeling fine.

"Newcastle Jets can confirm that a player in its Hyundai A-League squad has returned a positive test for COVID-19," a statement read.

"In accordance with relevant protocols, NSW Health has been notified of the case by the club and the correct procedures have been followed throughout.

"The player and his family are in good health, and currently in quarantine in accordance with NSW Health protocols.

"The health and wellbeing of our players, officials, and the wider community remains our highest priority in this difficult time.

"As per advice from NSW Health, our playing squad are closely monitoring their health and will isolate themselves if they experience any symptoms.

"All players and staff beyond the player have been checked for their risks and will be overseen, and guided, by the team medical staff as they liaise directly with the Public Health Unit. Self-isolation has been commenced for those that require it."

There have been more than 597,000 coronavirus cases worldwide, with the death toll climbing above 27,300.

Australia has seen more than 3,570 cases, including 14 deaths.

Melbourne City failed to seal a Finals berth ahead of the potential suspension of the A-League season as they lost 2-1 at Newcastle Jets on Monday.

Football Federation Australia has called a news conference for Tuesday as a pause in the 2019-20 campaign seems inevitable amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The postponement of Perth Glory's meeting with Western United made this McDonald Jones Stadium clash the last before the anticipated announcement, and second-placed City could not claim the victory required to clinch a post-season place.

Early openings were few and far between, but the Jets built up a head of steam heading into half-time, and Nick Fitzgerald - wasteful with a tame prior effort - broke the deadlock in style.

The former City winger controlled on the right corner of the penalty area, cut inside two backtracking defenders and placed a finish inside the left-hand upright.

The visitors controlled the second half, though, and substitute Florin Berenguer guided a header into the net - a belated first effort on target - for the leveller 19 minutes from time.

Yet back came Newcastle through Steven Ugarkovic, whose 25-yard strike beat Tom Glover's weak left hand to find the top-left corner and restore a decisive lead.

Jamie Maclaren was the hat-trick hero as Melbourne City piled further misery on the Central Coast Mariners in the A-League with a 4-2 triumph.

The Mariners went down to a 10th consecutive defeat despite Jordan Murray catching the City backline napping to give them a second-minute lead.

The hosts' joy was short-lived as Maclaren arrowed a swift response across Central Coast goalkeeper Mark Birighitti and Markel Susaeta headed City in front inside 10 minutes.

Maclaren crowned a wonderful team move three minutes into the second half before claiming the matchball when Nathaniel Atkinson's blocked shot spun in his direction – a goal that restored City's two-goal advantage after a towering header earned Murray his second of the match.

City, who were playing without Erick Mombaerts - their 64-year-old head coach who stayed home as a precaution against contracting coronavirus, are seven points behind Sydney FC in second but have played three games more than the leaders.

Brisbane Roar are five points further back in fourth after Scott McDonald's splendid 16th-minute finish proved enough to see off Newcastle Jets 1-0.

It meant a first defeat as Jets boss for Carl Robinson – a fate that was almost averted in stoppage time when Roy O'Donovan volleyed Dimitrios Petratos' searching cross from the left against the post.

Gary Hooper and David Ball were among the goals as Wellington Phoenix beat Melbourne Victory 3-0, while Newcastle Jets prevailed by the same scoreline at Adelaide United.

Third-placed Wellington have now won four games in succession and hit the front inside three minutes when Ulises Davila volleyed in from close range.

Hooper then netted a clever glancing header in the 21st minute before strike partner Ball dispatched an excellent solo strike 10 minutes into the second half – condemning Victory to a sixth defeat in their past nine matches, although both teams' contrasting form looks set to be halted by quarantine measures in Australia and New Zealand related to the coronavirus outbreak.

Victory's solitary win during their slump came at the expense of Adelaide, who lost their fourth game in a row before being booed off for their efforts at Coopers Stadium against Newcastle.

Roy O'Donovan dispatched Dimitrios Petratos' 41st-minute cross and Matthew Millar doubled the advantage with a lofted finish early in the second half.

Steve Ugarkovic emphatically headed home Bobby Burns' cross shortly afterwards to complete the scoring and ensure the Jets made it six games unbeaten in style.

Andrew Nabbout's spectacular 91st-minute strike secured a much-needed 2-1 A-League win for Melbourne Victory at home to Adelaide United on Saturday.

Victory peppered the Adelaide goal but looked set to fall short in their bid for a first league win since January 5 as they trailed to Kristian Opseth's fine early finish.

George Blackwood hit the crossbar as the visitors threatened a second approaching the hour-mark, only for Marco Rojas to quickly equalise at the other end, getting ahead of his marker and prodding past Paul Izzo.

The match was still level at the end of normal time, but Nabbout cut inside from the left flank and arrowed a stunning drive high past Izzo from the corner of the area to steal all three points.

Victory moved back ahead of Newcastle Jets, who had temporarily leapfrogged the Melbourne side earlier in the day courtesy of head coach Carl Robinson's first win.

The Jets' 2-1 triumph over Perth Glory also featured a magnificent goal, with Nikolai Topor-Stanley finding the top-right corner from 25 yards to open the scoring after 12 minutes.

Neil Kilkenny equalised from the penalty spot after Newcastle captain Nigel Boogaard's handball, yet Roy O'Donovan hit a 74th-minute winner.

Perth remain second in the table but are now winless in three in all competitions.

New Newcastle Jets head coach Carl Robinson was denied a first home win despite a dominant first half against Melbourne Victory on Saturday.

Former Vancouver Whitecaps boss Robinson was appointed prior to a home success against Central Coast Mariners earlier this month but watched that match from the stands.

The Jets subsequently drew 1-1 at Western Sydney Wanderers and were then held by the same scoreline by the Victory.

Newcastle twice had early Abdiel Arroyo goals ruled out, the first after referee Alireza Faghani inadvertently deflected a cross into the striker's path.

But Melbourne's luck ran out when Roy O'Donovan blasted Dimitrios Petratos' cutback against the crossbar and, after a short delay, the VAR ruled the ball had bounced over the line.

However, half-time killed the Jets' momentum, and visiting captain Ola Toivonen headed an equaliser four minutes after the restart to claim a share of the spoils.

It was also 1-1 between Brisbane Roar and Perth Glory in Saturday's earlier game.

Perth climbed to second with a point but were denied all three by former Newcastle United defender Macaulay Gillesphey, who cancelled out Bruno Fornaroli's first-half opener five minutes from time.

David Ball swept home a second-half winner as Wellington Phoenix dented Melbourne City's hopes of catching A-League leaders Sydney FC.

Ball completed a fine counter-attack by converting fellow Englishman Gary Hooper's pinpoint cross from the right 13 minutes into the second half for the only goal of the game at Eden Park.

City poured on the pressure in a bid to find an equaliser but found home goalkeeper Stefan Marinovic in fine form.

The win enhanced the Phoenix's top-six hopes, moving them to within three points of second-placed Melbourne, who remain 10 adrift of leaders Sydney FC.

Carl Robinson's first game in charge of Newcastle Jets saw them claim a point in a 1-1 draw at Western Sydney Wanderers.

Former Vancouver Whitecaps boss Robinson was in the stands to watch the Jets' 4-3 defeat of the Central Coast Mariners last weekend and he would have been delighted his players built on that display with a battling performance at Bankwest Stadium.

They endured a miserable start as Wanderers' skipper Mitchell Duke fired home a fifth-minute penalty after Bobby Burns senselessly tripped winger Bruce Kamau having tracked him into the box.

When Duke struck a post shortly after, and with the home side dominating, it looked like being a long evening for the Jets, but they eventually established a foothold and Matt Millar grabbed a deserved equaliser with 16 minutes to go.

The point lifts the Jets off the foot of the table, ahead of Central Coast, while Jean-Paul De Marigny's Wanderers remain in eighth.

The Newcastle Jets boosted their slim A-League finals chances with a thrilling 4-3 F3 derby win over the Central Coast Mariners in the A-League on Sunday.

Dimitri Petratos' double lifted the Jets to a deserved win in wet conditions at McDonald Jones Stadium.

With Carl Robinson, who will take over as Jets head coach on Monday, watching on from the stands, Newcastle recorded just their third victory of the A-League season.

They remain bottom of the table with 10 regular-season games remaining, but are now nine points behind sixth-placed Brisbane Roar, who hold the last finals place.

Petratos' powerful finish put them ahead before the attacker's corner found Nikolai Topor-Stanley unmarked at the back post to make it 2-0.

However, Central Coast found a way back into the contest from two set-pieces either side of half-time as Ruon Tongyik and Jack Clisby headed home.

Another well-taken finish from Petratos restored the Jets' lead before a Kim Eun-sun own goal and they survived late on despite Chris Harold's fine strike on debut for the Mariners.

The Jets ended a two-game winless run against the Mariners and the victory was their sixth in the past eight meetings between the clubs.

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