The Evening Chronicle is reporting today that Kevin Keegan has given a coaching position to a familiar face as part of his back-room staff.
Robbie Elliott – back at club in coaching capacity
Local lad Robbie Elliott has been employed at the club as a strength and conditioning coach, which we had suggested could be the case back on July 5th – see the last two paragraphs.
Elliott is set to work under the former Crystal Palace fitness guru Mark Hulse, who is also now working at Newcastle.
Our coaching team is a little bit under strength right now, because of the departure of Steve Round to Everton.
The return to the club of Elliott will provide something of a boost to the playing staff, and we expect Robbie is over the moon with his appointment.
Former England Under-21 fitness coach Mark Hulse, who left Crystal Palace during the close season, will now team up with Elliott at Newcastle – two good acquisitions by Keegan.Â Adrian Lamb is said to be leaving the club
The 34-year-old Geordie told the Evening Chronicle today:
â€œIâ€™m coming in under Mark Hulse who is the head man and I am coming in to help him with the first team and reserves.”
â€œYou always know when the time is right and I knew that quite quickly into the season.”
â€œBut it was definitely the right time and I made the right decision.â€
After working with fitness coach Adrian Lamb last season, Elliott added:
â€œIt was always the line I wanted to go in.”
â€œThe way it has turned out though couldnâ€™t be better, from hanging my boots up, I have come straight to Newcastle on the strength and conditioning side.”
â€œThe Keegan era was the highlight of my career and if the club can get anywhere near that again, it would be great.”
â€œWeâ€™ll wait and see but I have really enjoyed it.”
â€œAnd after doing my cruciate at 18 if somebody had told me 17 years later I would be still going Iâ€™d have laughed at them.â€
Robbie had his first taste of action as a coach with the Newcastle reserves side, with Keegan alongside him in the dug-out, during the 6-2 defeat against Newcastle Benfield. We think Robbie will not forget that first game.
A delighted Robbie Elliott added:
â€œItâ€™s great to link up with Kevin and Terry McDermott and Arthur Cox again.”
â€œItâ€™s nice, but the most important thing is what happens on the pitch.”
â€œHopefully we can build up a good team.â€
We are over the moon that Robbie is back at the club, and there’s always something very special about having local lads at the club, whether they be playing or coaching – it’s great for the club.
Welcome back Robbie.