Andrew Hoole has apologised for Sunday's sideline spat, which was captured on camera, and undertaken to help the Newcastle Jets win their last two games of the season.
Assistant coach Clayton Zane gave Hoole a bollocking after the 23-year-old reacted to being substituted in the Jets 3-0 home loss to the Western Sydney Wanderers on Sunday.
Jets boss Mark Jones played down the incident, but not before giving the player a spray of his own telling Fox Sports post-match: “Andrew’s got to do what he’s told like every other f…king player in the team.”
But Hoole told the Newcastle Herald: “I regret the way I reacted.
“I wanted to stay out there and help the team find a way back into the game and was disappointed at being replaced.
"The way I acted is not the culture within the playing group. I understand it was the coach’s decision to make a strategic change. I just want to help us pick up six points in the final two games. There is still plenty to play for.”
A conciliatory Jones said later: “I wasn’t happy with his reaction. It is not a major thing. He has been good all year and he had a moment there. I have spoken to him and it will be sorted through the week and we move on.”
With the club sitting in 9th and desperate to avoid the wooden spoon, Jets chief executive Lawrie McKinna tried to ease the frustrations of fans following another year without finals football.
McKinna spoke with club owner Martin Lee on Sunday and indicated the squad will be significantly strengthened next season.
“The squad was what it was this year,” he told the Newcastle Herald. “We are going to have an opportunity to change it.”
“He understands the situation, he understands we have to rebuild the squad and he is willing to invest money in the squad.”