Newcastle have for a long time been at the top of the injury table in the Premier league for a number of years and we easily topped the league last season and amassed 347 points where one point is given when a player is injured and misses one game.
Next in line was Manchester United a full 97 points behind us.
Steve Black – coming to Newcastle
Here is the table for last season published by the Injury League site – and we’re right at the top – we won the league!
There’s news today that Steve McClaren could bring in former Valencia assistant manager Ian Cathro – who is only 28 years-old so the Scot would be an interesting signing for the club.
But the Chronicle is reporting today that Steve Black is on board and will be Newcastle new fitness coach.
Steve comes very well respected and the local Newcastle man should be able to cut down the number of injuries we have.
Steve McClaren has lots of common sense and at the Board meeting the four members went over the problems of last season (it must have been a long meeting) and one of them had to be our terrible injuries.
And this will be the solution to that and Steve will become a very important member of McClaren’s coaching team – and he is also a great motivator.
That’s something that our players needed in the second half of last season.
Preseason training starts up at the club a week tomorrow when the players drift back from their summer holidays so Steve hopefully will announce his full team this week sometime.
It will be really good to have Steve Black on board and two of his immediate challenges will be to keep both Siem de Jong and young Rolando Aarons fit.
Those top players hardly played last season because of various injuries.