Good News On The Injury Front – New Coach Appointed

Remy Cabella was back in full training today at St. James” Park as the lads trained in front of 15,000 fans who had turned up on Open Day at the club.

remy cabella in the middile

It’s Remy Cabella in the middle – back to full training

The good news is that Remy is back sooner than expected from his thigh injury, and Emmanuel Riviere was also training today – but we don’t know the exact status of his knee injury.

emmanuel riviere open day

Emmanuel Riviere also in training today

So Remy comes into consideration for the game against Southampton on Sunday and will probably be on the bench.

Fabricio Coloccini was also training – but it’s not clear whether he will have recovered from the chronic Achilles problem he has had which has prevented him from playing in any of our pre-season games.

simon smith goalkeeping coach

Simon Smith at St. James’ Park 

As expected Simon Smith has officially been appointed to replace Andy Woodman as the new goalkeeping coach with Woodman joining up again with Alan Pardew at Crystal Palace.

His talented son Freddie is going nowhere and he’s staying at Newcastle and is currently on a six month loan at Crawley Town.

Smith has just left his position at the FA to take up the position on Tyneside that he also held when Sir Bobby Robson was our manager from 1999 to 2004.

Here’s some information the club put out on their web-site about Simon.

Newton Aycliffe-born Smith began his professional career with Newcastle United in 1978, spending four years at St. James’ Park before moving on to Whitley Bay and Gateshead, where he played 501 games – including a run of 405 matches in a row – over a ten-year period.

He started his coaching career with Newcastle United in 1993, where he initially worked with the Club’s young goalkeepers before becoming the Magpies’ first team goalkeeping coach in 1999 under the management of Ruud Gullit and then Sir Bobby Robson.

In 2006, Smith moved to Vancouver to undertake a year-long secondment to research the biomechanics of goalkeeping and during this time he worked as a consultant to the Canadian Soccer Association.

More recently he was employed by the Football Association as the goalkeeping coach for England’s youth development teams.

Comments welcome.

7 comments so far

  • alkinou

    Aug 4, 2015 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #1

    “So Remy comes into consideration”

    If only…

  • Our Toon

    Aug 4, 2015 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #2


    Final position in league 10th
    Number of points in league 51
    League Cup round QF
    FA Cup round 5th
    Number of 1st team signings this season 4
    Number of 1st team leaving this season 4
    Top goal scorer Mitrovic
    Number of goals for top goal scorer 13

  • jayphoto

    Aug 4, 2015 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #3

    got to feel sorry for whoever was the sub keeper during his time at Gateshead….
    Seems to have a good reputation and is well respected.
    If he teaches Tim Krul not to aimlessly punt it long to a 5″8 centreforward being marked by a 6″4 centreback i’ll be happy!

  • toonicle

    Aug 4, 2015 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #4

    I don’t know what it is but I just don’t think Cabella will make it in our team… Too light weight maybe, tries to be too tricky on the ball and ends up getting the ball lost between his feet.

  • english yeoman

    Aug 4, 2015 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #5

    Final position in league 7th
    Number of points in league 60
    League Cup round SF
    FA Cup round QF
    Number of 1st team signings this season 5
    Number of 1st team leaving this season 4
    Top goal scorer Mitrovic
    Number of goals for top goal scorer 21

    I reckon we’re going to be pretty good – don’t know what all the whingeing is about from the doom mongers!

  • check the toastie

    Aug 4, 2015 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #6

    Martoon, Up the toon

    Final position in league 6th
    Number of points in league 62
    League Cup round winners
    FA Cup round 3rd round
    Number of 1st team signings this season 7
    Number of 1st team leaving this season 7
    Top goal scorer Mitrovic
    Number of goals for top goal scorer 13

  • CalgaryMagpie

    Aug 4, 2015 at 11:18 PM

    Comment #7

    Is anyone slightly concerned that we are yet to see the Black & White strips yet? Am getting a bit misled with all the pink and sky blue!!


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