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.

Erick Mombaerts has left Melbourne City, replaced as head coach by Patrick Kisnorbo.

Appointed in June last year, Mombaerts led City to their first A-League Grand Final as they were edged by Sydney FC on Sunday.

The Frenchman also helped the club to their highest finish – second – and into last year's FFA Cup final.

Mombaerts, 65, leaves City due to family reasons, with assistant Kisnorbo – who also captained the club – taking charge.

"I am sad to leave Melbourne City in these circumstances, but I am so very proud of the players and what the club has achieved during my time here," Mombaerts said.

"We have reached some incredible milestones, we have implemented an exciting way to play, and we have become a true family, playing together every week for our fans, and I have no doubt that Patrick will continue this work. The team is in safe hands under his leadership. 

"I have had a fantastic experience in Melbourne and I will always remember my time here with much fondness, but I have been away from my family for a long time and now I must return to care for them in France."

Kisnorbo was firstly a coach in the City youth setup before guiding their women's side to the championship in 2018.

The former Australia, Leicester City and Leeds United defender became the assistant of the A-League team last year.

"I'm grateful to the City Football Group for their support in my development since I began my coaching journey. Erick has taught me so much and I am extremely grateful for the way he has helped both myself and the club to develop over the last 14 months," Kisnorbo said.

"Melbourne City is in my blood now and I am here to work hard, to give my all and to ensure this team continues to be a team that everyone can be proud to be a part of."

Tony Popovic has left Perth Glory amid reports he is set to take charge of a club in Greece.

Popovic, 47, took over at Perth in mid-2018 and helped the A-League club win the premiership in his first season.

But after two seasons at the helm, the former Australia and Crystal Palace defender is leaving, with reports suggesting he will become coach of second-tier Greek club Xanthi.

"I'd just like to thank the players, staff, members and fans and everyone involved with the club, as well as the owner, Tony Sage, for giving me the opportunity," Popovic said in a statement.

"I had a wonderful two years, winning the Premiers' Plate being a fantastic highlight, along with playing in front of a sell-out crowd at Optus Stadium in the Grand Final and being a part of the club's first foray into the AFC Champions League.

"Then in our second season, coming through a difficult COVID situation and being one game away from another Grand Final.

"I've really enjoyed my time in Perth, working with great people and living in the city. An opportunity has now come for me to pursue in Europe, but I'm very thankful to everyone for making my time in Perth so enjoyable.

"I wish the club all the very best and it is definitely in good hands. There are wonderful players in the squad and it's been a great pleasure to watch them perform and grow both as players and as young men during my time there.

"The template has been set for Glory being a consistently successful club having challenged for honours in two consecutive seasons and I'm sure the players and staff can now build on that and maintain that consistency in years to come."

Popovic's move is set to be his second stint in Europe as coach, having lasted just nine games in charge of Turkish club Karabukspor in 2017.

Xanthi were relegated from the Greek Super League last season.

Rhyan Grant accepted Sydney FC were "a little bit lucky" after his unorthodox extra-time goal secured victory over Melbourne City in the A-League Grand Final.

The full-back raced onto Luke Brattan's fine pass and chested the ball beyond goalkeeper Tom Glover after 20 minutes of extra time had been played.

The goal sealed a 1-0 win for Sydney, who became A-League champions for a record fifth time and backed up their Premiers' Plate win from the regular season.

The Sky Blues had ridden their luck earlier in the contest, though, Harrison Delbridge having had a goal disallowed for offside by VAR and Craig Noone seeing an effort cleared from in front of the posts.

Reflecting on his winner, Grant told Fox Sports: "It was nice, I was maybe a little bit lucky with it but I thought I'd maybe put the keeper off with the chest rather than the head and it worked, so happy days.

"We didn't start great, we were a bit shaky, we couldn't get the ball on the deck and play football. Credit to City, they started really well and came at us in that first half. Going into the break, we sort of took that as a restart.

"The second half, we were a little bit better - again, probably not at our best - and it was a bit end to end at times, a bit cagey, so we had to ride that out and make sure when we got our chances, we took them.

"City were very good, but we got a little bit lucky, I reckon."

Coach Steve Corica was full of praise for Grant, who won the Joe Marston medal as the best player in the final.

"You could see when he was out a couple of games that we really missed him and he's come back at the right time," Corica said. "He's been sensational all year; he's the best right-back in the country, of course."

Sydney became the first time since Brisbane Roar eight years ago to win back-to-back titles, having also been crowned premiers for the third time in four seasons.

"It's not easy to go back to back," said Corica. "We said before the start that only one team has done that before in the history of the A-League. It really means a lot to this time.

"We set our sights at the start of the year to win the Premiership and to do the double, and full credit to these boys and all the staff - they were sensational throughout the year."

Sydney FC became A-League champions for a record fifth time on Sunday with a 1-0 victory over Melbourne City after extra time in the Grand Final.

Rhyan Grant's improvised finish in the 100th minute of the match at Bankwest Stadium secured back-to-back championships for the Sky Blues and ensured City's first Grand Final ended in disappointment.

Steve Corica's side are the first to win five titles in the competition's history and the first since Brisbane Roar eight years ago to claim back-to-back triumphs.

City thought they had the lead 17 minutes in when Harrison Delbridge drilled in a shot from the edge of the area, but the goal was disallowed after a VAR check penalised Lachlan Wales for standing in front of goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne while offside.

City had the better of the first half-hour and Craig Noone beat Redmayne with a scuffed effort near the left-hand post only for the covering Ryan McGowan to hook the ball clear.

At the other end, Adam Le Fondre felt he should have had a penalty after going to ground under contact from Curtis Good, but referee Chris Beath was unmoved.

Milos Ninkovic had a quiet first half but played a key part in a fine move that saw Le Fondre come close in the second, and he should have broken the deadlock moments later only for Joshua Brillante to stand tall and block his close-range effort.

Redmayne denied Noone from inside the box and scrambled to gather a Scott Galloway strike, before Tom Glover made a crucial block with his leg to deny Sydney a fortuitous winner at the end of normal time.

Luke Brattan provided the telling moment of quality, his fine pass picking out Grant's run into the box, and the full-back used his chest to divert the ball beyond Glover and into the bottom-right corner.

Sydney FC and Melbourne City will contest the 2019-20 A-League Grand Final thanks to their respective 2-0 wins over Perth Glory and Western United on Wednesday.

Heading into the Finals, Sydney and City were regarded as the favourites to fight it out for the championship given they topped the regular season standings, and that is how it has turned out.

The reigning champions, who finished six points clear of City in the table, looked on course for victory even before the half-hour mark against Perth, as Milos Ninkovic capitalised on a kind ricochet before turning home, and Adam Le Fondre made it 2-0 soon after when he netted in the process of tackling goalkeeper Liam Reddy.

City had booked their passage earlier in the day, though it took them a little longer to make the breakthrough, Jamie Maclaren converting a 68th-minute penalty after he had been tripped.

A Tomoki Imai own goal then sealed Western's fate, as City reached their first ever Grand Final.

Melbourne Victory have appointed former midfielder Grant Brebner as their head coach on a permanent basis.

Brebner, 42, took over at Victory as interim head coach in June, before leading a youthful team to one win and four losses to finish the A-League season.

A two-time championship winner with Victory as a player, Brebner was appointed permanently on Monday.

"I am extremely proud to be appointed the head coach of Melbourne Victory," Brebner said in a statement.

"The club has been a huge part of my life, and the experience of coaching the team over the past couple of months really fuelled my desire and belief that not only did I want the opportunity to secure the role full-time, but that I had the skills and expertise to do so, and to do it well.

"I have made no secret of the fact that I feel like the club had strayed from its football identity and culture, and I want to help lead the solution.

"Everyone who loves this club wants to see us back playing the Victory way, and I want our members and fans to be proud of how we go about our business.

"It's going to take a lot of hard work but I'm excited about the challenge. The first step will be to build a highly competitive squad."

Victory endured the worst season in their history in 2019-20, finishing 10th in the table as Marco Kurz, Carlos Salvachua and Brebner were all at the helm.

Anthony Di Pietro, the Victory chairman, was thrilled to welcome Brebner as full-time coach.

"We are delighted to appoint Grant as head coach of Melbourne Victory," he said.

"As we said from the outset, we would take the necessary time to find the right person who aligned with both the club's football and cultural philosophy.

"Working through the recruitment process amidst the backdrop of COVID-19 certainly had its challenges, but we are excited to have someone who bleeds blue at the helm, and strongly believe Grant is the right person to lead our A-League program.

"There's plenty of hard work ahead as we prepare for our AFC Champions League campaign and the upcoming 2020-21 A-League season, but it is exciting to finalise Grant's appointment, so we can now look to collectively build our squad and the required support staff, to position our club for success.  

"Grant is clear in the style of football Melbourne Victory want to play, and most importantly he has already started building the foundations and culture he believes will help us return to delivering the on-field results expected at our club."

Mitchell Duke's departure from Western Sydney Wanderers was confirmed as the forward reportedly nears a move to Saudi Arabia.

Duke, 29, has been linked with a switch to Al-Taawoun after a season and a half with the Wanderers.

The six-time Australia international, who was made captain ahead of 2019-20, scored 18 goals in 37 games for the Wanderers.

Duke's exit from Western Sydney was confirmed on Thursday despite the A-League club saying they put forward a "substantial offer".

"The offer from the Wanderers made it very difficult for me to make this decision, but I have been presented an amazing opportunity in Asia that is in the best interests of my family and it is one that I couldn't turn down," Duke said.

"I will never forget my time here at the Wanderers, it really feels like my club, it has been an honour and dream come true to represent the red and black and to be the club captain.

"The time I have spent with this club is something that I will hold close to my heart for the rest of my career.

"I would like to thank the chairman Mr Paul Lederer, CEO John Tsatsimas and head coach Jean-Paul de Marigny for their belief in me and also all the staff and members who have never stopped supporting me and have now become my Wanderers family.

"I know that if I ever come back to the Hyundai A-league, the Wanderers will be my main priority.

"I wish them all the best in the coming season and I will miss playing for the red and black."

Wanderers chief Tsatsimas praised Duke for his contribution to the club, where he arrived in January 2019.

"Mitch has been an incredible ambassador for our club and has always understood the weight that wearing the red and black hoops carries," he said.

"We put in a very strong offer to keep Mitch at the club despite the uncertainty that still surrounds the salary cap for next season.

"Mitch was a player that we knew we wanted to represent the club moving forward, however we understand the current global situation and his decision to pursue what is a very good opportunity for him and his family overseas.

"As an entire Wanderers family, we wish Mitch and his family all the best for his future and hope to someday see him back in the red and black."

Jamie Maclaren clinched the A-League Golden Boot for a second time with a double in Melbourne City's 3-1 win over Western United on Wednesday.

City secured their third win of the season over United, who will face Brisbane Roar in the elimination finals, and set a new club-record points tally with 47, their place in the semi-finals having already been secured.

A victory would have pitted Mark Rudan's side against sixth-placed Perth Glory in the first round of the Finals but they fell behind to Moudi Najjar's opener in the 12th minute.

City pushed hard after the restart and Maclaren moved clear of Adam Le Fondre at the top of the scoring charts by tucking home a penalty after Tomislav Uskok was penalised for handball.

United were handed hope when Besart Berisha converted from the spot after being fouled by Richard Windbichler, but Maclaren ended their comeback chances with his 22nd goal of the season four minutes from time.

Western United dampened the Sydney FC celebrations as they snatched a 2-1 win over the A-League Premiers on Saturday. 

A 90th-minute strike from Steven Lustica secured a sixth win in seven games for United and made their place in the Finals safe. 

Besart Berisha put the visitors ahead at Leichhardt Oval, reacting quickest to prod home after Alessandro Diamanti's effort had been parried upwards by Andrew Redmayne. 

Diamanti rattled the crossbar with a magnificent effort from near the halfway line but Sydney were level 52 minutes in when Adam Le Fondre headed in his 20th goal of the season. 

However, Lustica swept home from Dylan Pieras' cross to claim victory, as Sydney's trophy celebrations were somewhat soured after a fifth game in a row without a win.

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.

Western United all but sealed their place in the A-League Finals as Besart Berisha scored twice in a 2-0 win at Perth Glory.

Three points took United - playing their debut season - into the top six ahead of Adelaide United on goal difference.

With Adelaide having completed their regular season, Mark Rudan's sixth-placed side need only collect a point or avoid a 15-goal swing in their remaining two matches.

They could yet climb as high as third, leapfrogging Wednesday's fifth-placed opponents Perth in the process, with Berisha in inspired form.

His goals were slightly fortuitous, the first ricocheting in as Liam Reddy flapped at a cross, with the second a penalty early in the second half, but the veteran forward posed a threat throughout.

In the day's late game between two sides playing for the final time in 2019-20, Western Sydney Wanderers ran out 2-1 winners over Melbourne Victory.

Pirmin Schwegler calmly placed in the opener late in the first half, before Jordan O'Doherty's superb first-time finish doubled the advantage.

Victory quickly responded as Andrew Nabbout was left unmarked and onside in the six-yard box, but it counted for little.

Melbourne City had Craig Noone sent off as they surrendered a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with Adelaide United in the A-League.

The former Cardiff City and Bolton Wanderers winger received a straight red card after wiping out Adelaide defender Michael Jakobsen near the touchline with a rash sliding challenge.

That 67th-minute incident proved to be a turning point, with Adelaide soon pulling one goal back before Ben Halloran snatched a stoppage-time equaliser.

Adrian Luna had nudged Melbourne in front after 34 minutes, nodding in a cross from Noone, and Jamie Maclaren headed in a second six minutes later.

Kristian Opseth cut the deficit with a 78th-minute penalty after Pacifique Niyongabire was chopped down by Luna when entering the right side of the penalty area.

Halloran then struck in the first added minute, firing low and powerfully beyond Tom Glover after cutting in from the left, to deny second-placed Melbourne the victory.

Luke Ivanovic's first goal of the A-League season was not enough to prevent Sydney FC's winless run stretching to a fourth match, as they were held 1-1 by Brisbane Roar. 

Sydney have struggled for momentum since being crowned premiers for a record fourth time on July 25 and were behind early on in Monday's clash at McDonald Jones Stadium. 

Dylan Wenzel-Halls latched on to Jay O'Shea's throughball - possibly intended for Scott McDonald - and coolly lifted over Andrew Redmayne with 11 minutes on the clock. 

However, three minutes after hitting the post, young winger Ivanovic got off the mark for the season with an impressive curled finish into the top-right corner. 

The visitors came closest to winning the game in a goalless second half, Jamie Young producing a number of good saves, including a triple stop 17 minutes from the end. 

Sydney could not find a way through and are now on their longest streak without a win since April 2016, while the Roar are unbeaten in three heading into the Elimination Final.

Western United ended Western Sydney Wanderers' faint A-League Finals hopes by clinching a 5-3 victory after surrendering a three-goal lead at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium.

The Wanderers needed a win to keep their aspirations of finishing in the top six alive but got off to a poor start, Josh Risdon heading home Max Burgess' cross before teeing up Besart Berisha in the 19th minute.

A sublime chip from Alessandro Diamanti early in the second half looked to have put the result beyond doubt, but the Jean-Paul De Marigny's men remarkably clawed it back with three goals in 13 minutes.

Mitchell Duke's double, consisting of a header and a well-executed volley, book-ended a Wanderers' goal glut, with Tass Mourdoukoutas also on target.

However, their momentum was extinguished two minutes later when Mourdoukoutas was caught in possession by Burgess and the attacker sprinted clear before tucking a cool finish beyond Tristan Prendergast.

Another wonderful lob from Diamanti put the seal on the win for United, who are two points adrift of sixth-placed Adelaide United with two games in hand.

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