A-League club Newcastle Jets have appointed Northern NSW Football boss David Eland as CEO on an interim basis, as more changes are made behind the scenes to revitalise the club.
Eland will take on both jobs simultaneously as Football Federation Australia make a concerted effort to tie the Jets to the local community and footballing bodies.
He replaces short-term CEO Mitchell Murphy as the club continues to move on from the tumultuous ownership of Nathan Tinkler, under the control of the FFA.
FFA CEO David Gallop said the recruitment of Eland was a key step in convincing the Hunter public to support the Jets once again, after several years of community dissatisfaction, administrative confusion and poor on-field performance.
"David is well placed to fulfil the interim role with his knowledge of the local football landscape and previous experience in the A-League, and will ensure strong community ties are central to the long term framework of the Jets," he said.
The NNSWF has made all of their resources available to the Jets as the season approaches.
NNSWF Chairman Bill Walker said they were delighted to partner FFA during the transition of the club.
"David is ideally placed and experienced in the short-term to effectively deploy the club's and NNSWF's collective resources towards the objective of rebuilding a club which is founded on solid and meaningful community engagement," said Walker.