Newcastle did quite well with injuries during the first part of last season, but then during the second half we seemed to be as bad as ever, and suffered over 50 different injuries in total last season.
Dave Billows – while at Everton
Newcastle announced yesterday that they had signed Dave Billows as the new Head of Fitness, presumably replacing Faye Downey.
Some of the Newcastle players started to return to pre-season training yesterday, and they met the former Everton fitness expert.
Dave has been given the job of bringing down the injury rate this season, and making the Newcastle players even fitter than they were last season.
The full first team squad – minus players who have been playing in the World Cup or the World Cup build-up – will return on Monday to the Benton Training grounds.
Dave was at Everton for 13 years and he had this to say on his appointment at Newcastle United:
“I’m delighted to be here at Newcastle. It is a great Club with a very good set-up.” “As soon as the opportunity arose to join Newcastle it was a very easy decision to make.”
“I can bring a lot of experience to the role, having worked at Premier League level for a long time, and also have a wide range of knowledge across a host of elite-level sports.”
“There are some fantastic players here (really?), and my role will be to make sure they are at the peak of their fitness, injury-free and available for selection by the manager throughout the season.”
Newcastle can measure the number of injuries and also the fitness levels, and therefore will be able to tell if Dave can have a positive impact on both those important areas next season.
It’s good to have Dave Billows at Newcastle, and he’s an important non-player signing for us.