Benitez Makes More Changes – Hires New Striker Coach

News today that Rafa Benitez has hired 35 year-old striker coach Allan Russell to try to get the best out of Aleksandar Mitrovic and the other strikers, who are finding it hard to score goals this season.

Russell is a former St Mirren and Kilmarnock striker and he started coaching Mitrovic late last week and with his great equalizer against Sunderland those sessions may be paying off already.

If Mitro can keep scoring, then his goals could be huge for Newcastle.

Russell is also the former Carolina RailHawks player here in Cary, North Carolina – just outside Raleigh – where he played from 2010-2011.

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Allan Russell – striker coach at Newcastle

After Mitro’s late goal on Sunday Russell tweeted:

This is what Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez has said about Russell joining the coaching staff:

“We have had him (Russell) doing some specific training with the strikers, some finishing sessions.” “We know he (Mitrovic) has the potential.”

“Now we have to give him the confidence to make the difference. He can score goals but he’s not at the moment.”

“I have watched him training and know he will score.” “We must give him confidence, movement and tips.” “Maybe he can improve his game.”

It looks like the first training session with Russell was on March 18th – last Friday.

This looks like yet another very good move by the Newcastle manager.

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