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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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