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Medical Team Enhanced In Attempt To Reduce Injuries

6:36 pm, Wednesday, June 29th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 80 Comments

Newcastle United have today confirmed the appointments of Cristian Fernandez Martinez and Daniel Marti to the Club’s medical team, under the overall management and leadership of Dr Paul Catterson.

Dr Catterson is the head of sports medicine and science at Newcastle United.

dr paul catterson

Dr Paul Catterson – head of sports medicine and science

Here is some information Newcastle have put out on the club web-site today on the two new arrivals,  who both have vast experience in their field of expertise.


Cristian Fernandez Martinez

Cristian Fernandez Martinez joins the Club in the role of rehabilitation fitness coach. Cristian’s role will bridge the gap between injured players’ treatment and their full return to training, working on the delivery of bespoke rehabilitation programmes for each individual player.

The Spaniard joins Newcastle United from Hull City, where he held a similar role for a number of years.

Daniel Mart

Daniel Marti, also from Spain, joins the Club as first team physiotherapist. Daniel has worked in the UK for 11 years, running his own private physiotherapy practice, and has provided expert consultancy for Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United.

He will work alongside the Club’s existing physiotherapy team in the treatment room and gymnasium.


This is what  Dr Paul Catterson had to say:

“I’m very pleased to welcome Cristian and Daniel to the team,”

“They bring significant experience and skills to the Club which I’m confident will enhance the work of our department and, together, will help us better manage the treatment and rehabilitation of players from injury.”

Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez added this:

“In speaking with Lee Charnley and Paul we all agree that the injury record here is something we can improve on, with the right mix of staff and resources.”

“It is really important that we get it right this season because the Championship schedule is very tough and the style of play is very demanding also.”

“Cristian and Daniel will add to the good staff we have already here and I hope we will be able to improve the injury situation this season and into the future.”

The injuries at Newcastle over the last ten years or more have been horrific and this is another area that Rafa is looking to improve big time at the club

We are seeing this week just how much work Rafa  has got through in various different areas since he agreed to stay on at Newcastle United on May 25th – a short five weeks ago today.

It helps that Rafa is a workaholic.


Comment welcome.

Tags: Championship · Injuries · Medical · Newcastle News · Other News · Pre-season

80 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jail for Ashley // Jun 29, 2016 at 6:42 PM

    I’ll spare the repost.

  • 2 lukes26 // Jun 29, 2016 at 6:42 PM

    no, no, no…not Dr Daniel Marti! his methods are unsound!

  • 3 Belfast // Jun 29, 2016 at 6:46 PM

    I miss Faye Downey and all the rest of the ones who were ending our injury problems.

  • 4 Jail for Ashley // Jun 29, 2016 at 6:49 PM

    McCardew the first didn’t need doctors, he consulted his own medical knowledge.

  • 5 Belfast // Jun 29, 2016 at 6:52 PM

    There’s someone new turns up every season highly regarded blah blah blah but we still always have a ridiculously bad injury list.

    I’ll reasess in December.

  • 6 Jail for Ashley // Jun 29, 2016 at 6:54 PM

    Shola to Gateshead by the looks of it. Hope he takes his gangly brother with him.

  • 7 JamesToon // Jun 29, 2016 at 6:56 PM


    What other clubs sign the likes of Ritchie and Gayle for £20+m? Hardly any, why? Because none of them have the money, history or pulling power like we do with the stature of the club and Rafa.

    Who do you want us to sign? Messi? Ronaldo?

    Can’t please everyone I suppose, most of the championship are now sh*ting themselves with our signings so far

  • 8 JamesToon // Jun 29, 2016 at 6:57 PM

    Ritchie had a decent season for Bournemouth, let alone the fact he was one of the key players when they won the championship with 15 goals and 10 assists your not gonna get much better than that! He’s a grafter as well exactly what we need, hopefully we’ll keep Townsend instead of him just being a replacement

  • 9 Jail for Ashley // Jun 29, 2016 at 6:59 PM

    I think now that Rafa has insisted Mikey stops renting the training pitch out to clay pigeon shooters an afternoons and weekends we should definitely see a reduction in certain injuries.

  • 10 carl // Jun 29, 2016 at 6:59 PM

    Many Palace fans blame Pardew for not getting the best out of Gale. Palace beat Stoke 2-1 in their final home game of the season to secure mathematical survival from relegation from PL. Gale scored twice to help Palace come from behind, the result was just what fans wanted but it left a few questions to be answered.

    Might sound familiar to toon fans. Namely, how does Pardew get the best out of Gayle? The impish forward was superb against Stoke — scoring both goals which were brilliantly taken. The locals this season, have seen flashes of what Gayle can offer without it ever being backed up with goals.

    It’s claimed that is down to Pardew restricting the striker’s game time and also to the system he chooses, but against Stoke Gayle was paired with Wickham in a more rigid 4-4-2 and it worked very well.

    Should Pardew consider switching his formation more often? Rarely does he sway from his preferred 4-2-3-1, but the reverting back to four in midfield and two up front to accommodate Gayle was the right choice against Stoke.

  • 11 Jail for Ashley // Jun 29, 2016 at 7:05 PM

    Ok people who think Ritchie and Gale aren’t good enough, considering there is paper talk of Townsend leaving us for Palace ffs who are in the PL, did people expect us to start plucking Europe’s finest.

  • 12 JamesToon // Jun 29, 2016 at 7:10 PM

    JFA 11

    Exactly mate its so frustrating but you cant please anyone

  • 13 TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa // Jun 29, 2016 at 7:11 PM

    while a messi or ronaldo signing would be wonderful, i think you a re missing the point. We should be thinking big picture. I am confident even the scrubs we had last year would go up. We should be focusing on cheaper young talent with a higher ceiling. Not mid range guys that wont be good enough to get in the team next year. Basically the strategy we have been using that was fit for a championship club not a PL club.

  • 14 TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa // Jun 29, 2016 at 7:13 PM

    I think you mean rarely does he switch from his patented 4-5-1

  • 15 carl // Jun 29, 2016 at 7:15 PM

    Did you watch any Championship football last season?

  • 16 carl // Jun 29, 2016 at 7:17 PM

    You didn’t watch Palace last season. Pardew played 4-2-3- 1 .

  • 17 Tsunki // Jun 29, 2016 at 7:20 PM

    it’s a bit like “New Improved Surf washes Whiter than ever before!” when apparently it washed it’s whitest many iterations ago. Only we do it with medical staff.

    “New NUFC medical staff – more qualified for rehabilitation than ever before!”

    In other words, the ones we had before were quacks. Sorry.

  • 18 Jib // Jun 29, 2016 at 7:22 PM

    Taco man
    Have you seen Ritchie play ?
    Moussa Sissoko takes 5 games to contribute to a side what Ritchie does in 90 minutes.

  • 19 Tsunki // Jun 29, 2016 at 7:27 PM

    I dunno why all the twisty snecks over the quality of signings, we are a championship side, Rafa has to cut the garment according to the cloth, he’ll no doubt see the championship job done, and once back in the PL the proper work establishing us there can continue. If you think we will be signing top PL players and internationals then get your bait ready for a lazy boat trip on Lake Disappointment. 🙂

  • 20 Bambams // Jun 29, 2016 at 7:27 PM

    I am happy with who Rafa has signed thus far.

    Got to give these players a chance, Newcastle are still I massive club but I am sure they would have had offers from PL teams. Says a lot they are signing for us


  • 21 JamesToon // Jun 29, 2016 at 7:28 PM

    jib 18


  • 22 Tsunki // Jun 29, 2016 at 7:29 PM

    Did I see the real Dr Ed post today? Or was it a bogus account?

  • 23 Tsunki // Jun 29, 2016 at 7:30 PM

    Belfast I hear you have a new smoking shed – I’ll take a dozen kippers.

  • 24 JamesToon // Jun 29, 2016 at 7:30 PM


    you have a point, but i honestly dont think (without any of the signings we have made so far) the squad from last season would actually make the top 6 in the championship, the mentality is all wrong (which rafa has changed hopefully) grafting players like ritchie is what we need more of to get out of the league, i think your underestimating the championship, its a long tough league with no easy games, and most clubs will see their fixture with us as their cup final, thats why we need more experience (particularly at this level) to get out. Ritchie is easily a prem quality player, and will do well for us in both leagues i think

  • 25 Jail for Ashley // Jun 29, 2016 at 7:33 PM

    I think it is you that need to look at the bigger picture if you want to stick with the same tired squad we’ve got to get us promoted. We need new faces and players who want to be here and succeed, you’re also being very naive if you think we’ll storm in to the top six on our return to the PL, it’s possible but not a given. I think they are good buys who’ll serve a dual purpose very well.

  • 26 carl // Jun 29, 2016 at 7:34 PM

    It was the real McCoy. Did I ever mention that Ed used to zzzzzzzzz!

  • 27 carl // Jun 29, 2016 at 7:35 PM

    Blimey must be time to go I am in total agreement. Very worrying !!

  • 28 Jail for Ashley // Jun 29, 2016 at 7:36 PM

    Shut it you fraud!

  • 29 Jib // Jun 29, 2016 at 7:36 PM

    Tsunki @19
    Well said

  • 30 Tsunki // Jun 29, 2016 at 7:37 PM

    carl @26 – eh?

  • 31 JamesToon // Jun 29, 2016 at 7:38 PM

    graeme bailey saying ritchie is due on tyneside on friday after a deal just over £10million has been struck

  • 32 Jail for Ashley // Jun 29, 2016 at 7:39 PM

    All you have established by showing you posted in 2007 is that you were the first of you’re many accounts, you are a devisive turd and wish you’d either post under one name or fcuk off!

  • 33 Tsunki // Jun 29, 2016 at 7:42 PM

    And I don’t think Rafa is finished yet by some way. It would be highly unrealistic to judge progress on less than the ten games we afforded the flyaway Barnet, which ran into almost a season of games as we all know.

    it’s not a given that the training ground, coaching and medicine rejigs will kick in like lightning, it will all come good over time. Then there will no doubt be adjustments at the the window.

    I for one am prepared to offer the guy at least as much chance as we all seem to have given the dilapidated imbeciles who were in place before him.

  • 34 JamesToon // Jun 29, 2016 at 7:42 PM

    People need to wake up and realise we are in the 2nd division, i guarantee that every club in our division would snap your hands off for gayle and ritchie, never mind the fact that they both would get into a few prem sides. If we were still in the prem i would take them 2 every day of the week!

  • 35 Laurent Robert 32 // Jun 29, 2016 at 7:42 PM

    It’s difficult to say whether this player or that player are up to par. The fact is that we’ve been relegated. These two players at least can not only play next year, but also be transitional players for next year, should we be promoted, as both have experience of the premier league. In that respect, they’re good players for what we need. Many high level players won’t want to drop down a league, so pickings are a lot slimmer.

    Seems a fair bit of money, but prices have gone up and at least there’s actually signings! Plus, no low ball offers that get knocked back and we won’t have to go through another three transfer windows where we don’t sign anyone.

    Players are bought for Rafa’s system. If he’s fine with them, I’m fine with them.

  • 36 Tsunki // Jun 29, 2016 at 7:43 PM

    Why thank you, Jib.

  • 37 G // Jun 29, 2016 at 7:50 PM

    Im actually really happy with the 3 so far (assuming Gayle and Richie sign). I know Gayle divides opinion, but I think he has just what we need.

  • 38 Jail for Ashley // Jun 29, 2016 at 7:56 PM

    JT, LB,
    Exactly, we can say it till we’re blue in the face, who were people expecting to sign, Payet, PEA and Fraser Forster.

  • 39 welshgeordie9 // Jun 29, 2016 at 7:58 PM


    You forgot Charlie Austin.

  • 40 martoon // Jun 29, 2016 at 8:07 PM

    Tsunki @20 – That is the real Ed – That is only the second time I have seen him post a comment on the blog.

  • 41 Jail for Ashley // Jun 29, 2016 at 8:17 PM

    welshie me auld mucka,
    I’d prefer Jordan Rhodes or Danny Ings

  • 42 jazzyp // Jun 29, 2016 at 8:20 PM


    Really do you honestly think the squad would not make the top 6 of the championship ?? yet the additions of Richie and Gayle will change all that.

  • 43 JamesToon // Jun 29, 2016 at 8:28 PM


    towards the end of the season we saw rafa massively improve some of our players, and we saw a lot more fight from them, but i wouldnt trust the same bunch to get us out, do you really think janmaat/wijnaldum/sissoko will bother to play out of their skin on a cold rainy day at burton albion? You’re guaranteed 100% all the time from the likes of ritchie/townsend/lascelles

  • 44 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jun 29, 2016 at 8:30 PM

    I actually cant believe that people are moaning about the potential signings !?

    Out of curiosity can anyone provide names of players that they think we can realistically get that will be better ?

    How do we know Rafa is not looking to sign other players as well ?

    Matt Richie for instance is an excellent little player much rather have him dominating teams and creating chances every week than watching any of Obertan, Cabella, Sissoko or Marveux doing nothing for 10 games in a row!

  • 45 Laurent Robert 32 // Jun 29, 2016 at 8:33 PM

    Where people would say, Get this person or that person, yes, they may be better in some people’s opinion, but they simply may not want to come. It’s a tough one, but it’s about the quality that I’d expect for this season with a view to an extra year or two in Premier League should we be promoted.

    Too much dilly-dallying and going for players of a better calibre, those same players may be waiting it out for bigger moves, and in-turn, we could miss out on the more than decent players we initially looked at – I’d class these two players as that type.

    It also has to fit into a time frame. Rafa wants them in early to work on tactics – he doesn’t mess about and gets them in in good time. Another logical and sensible plan of action.

  • 46 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jun 29, 2016 at 8:35 PM

    Also I think it speaks volumes that these players are willing to take a step down to play for us it shows that they want to play for us !!

    It means we will see players who give 100% for the cause every week which I cant wait to see after so many years of watching us go through the motions and giving up away from home!!

  • 47 JamesToon // Jun 29, 2016 at 8:36 PM

    HITC: Townsend keen on NUFC stay


  • 48 JamesToon // Jun 29, 2016 at 8:37 PM


    I know right, and its not just that, people are asking for more grafters, thats what we’re getting with ritchie!!!

  • 49 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jun 29, 2016 at 8:39 PM


    Just wish we could keep Townsend and have the 2 of them on either wing it would be like a Solano/Gillespie combo raining crosses in for Mitrovic and Gayle !

  • 50 jazzyp // Jun 29, 2016 at 8:40 PM


    I agree with certain aspects of your views but to say we wouldn’t even finish in the top 6 of the championship… sorry bud im afraid I don’t.
    Gayle is what 25-26…….personally am very uninspired.
    Richie seems like a good lad, Perfect for the Championship I agree. But if this is a direct replacement for Townsend then I see this as a step backwards and not the revolution we all crave for.

    I agree most of the squad bottled it last season, I can remember walking out in the second half against Watford in disgust, especially with Cisse. Hadaira was another at the beginning of the season who looked like he didn’t give a crap.
    It looks like you may get your wish with Wini though mate as apparently he has agreed to go to Roma for 16.4 mill

  • 51 Jail for Ashley // Jun 29, 2016 at 8:43 PM

    To put you out of your curiosity these people moaning about the signings, either can’t come up with realistic targets or would think it a good idea to stick with what we’ve got, that being a team who’ve conceded about sixty goals a year for the past four years, a fresh set of faces is needed.

  • 52 Jail for Ashley // Jun 29, 2016 at 8:48 PM

    seriously, do you honestly think that this bunch of perennial losers and conceders could hack 50 games of football to get us promoted. Rafa walks on water, he doesn’t wade through pi ss!

  • 53 jazzyp // Jun 29, 2016 at 8:52 PM


    Did I say they would get us promoted or did I say they would finish in the top 6 .
    Have you bought a season ticket for the Championship ??

  • 54 jazzyp // Jun 29, 2016 at 8:58 PM

    Ben arfa having a medical at PSG, Talk about turning your career around !! Good luck to the lad

  • 55 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jun 29, 2016 at 9:00 PM

    A lot of the squad needs gutted out too many sitting on wages and not contributing by either being injured or being shite!!

    Actually think Saviet will do well next season after working with Benitez in pre season Rafa said he didn’t want to risk players new to the league in a relegation battle !

  • 56 Yo-yo // Jun 29, 2016 at 9:00 PM

    You can see the pattern emerging here. Rafa is going for players with excellent work rates. He seems to be looking hard for motivation and level of graft, as well as skill.
    I’m more than happy with his judgement so far…

  • 57 Laurent Robert 32 // Jun 29, 2016 at 9:03 PM

    A quick look on twitter for Matt Ritchie Newcastle and it’s amusing seeing people in disbelief that Ritchie would leave Bournemouth to drop down a division to us.

    When you have a quality manager, these type of things happen. Just like when you have a crap one, PEA goes to Dortmund on far less wages to be with a better manager.

  • 58 Mister Tuff // Jun 29, 2016 at 9:03 PM

    A few lads have mentioned the reality which I forget and I think others do as well. We are a Championship club now – not PL.
    Rafa might attract some waverers but no superstars will be coming to SJP.

  • 59 Mister Tuff // Jun 29, 2016 at 9:07 PM

    GFN are now reporting Benny had a medical at PSG. Or a part medical -???.
    So it looks like he is Paris bound.

  • 60 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jun 29, 2016 at 9:11 PM

    Pretty good article on our new keeper like the bits about how he improved his kicking and also how he is at the club because of a phone call from Rafa!!

  • 61 nufc786 // Jun 29, 2016 at 9:17 PM

    It would be great if Townsend stays… I think if we sign Ritchie who is a RW… Benitez will be able to develop Townsend in to a better player with him playing LW in the championship with Aarons as back up…

    Benitez could also draft young and talented Callum Roberts and Ritchie’s understudy… If Townsend is really keen on PL football why not just send him on loan

  • 62 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jun 29, 2016 at 9:21 PM


    Thats what I was thinking but it could also be that Rafa would prefer the money so he can buy a player that wants to play for him! Rather than skipping back after missing this seasons graft!

  • 63 investinyouthtoon // Jun 29, 2016 at 9:21 PM

    IMO totally behind Rafa and his choices so far is sels and Ritchie, but would have liked to see us go for will Frigg as I believe he could be a similar thing like vardy. Would like a RB CB as these need addressing hopefully Rafa is already on the case and some news shortly. HWTL

  • 64 jazzyp // Jun 29, 2016 at 9:21 PM

    The Mail: Townsend is ‘keen to stay’ at #NUFC next season, despite Palace triggering his release clause

  • 65 Jail for Ashley // Jun 29, 2016 at 9:22 PM

    Top six or promoted what difference do you mean, you can do both with either, but top one is preferable.
    Yes I have bought two ST’s

  • 66 jazzyp // Jun 29, 2016 at 9:27 PM


    Why would you buy 2 season tickets to go and watch a bunch of perennial losers ??
    Top 6 means top 6. Promoted means you were deemed good enough to win promotion to another league. hope that cleared that up for you

  • 67 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jun 29, 2016 at 9:30 PM


    I dont think he will leave for Palace if he does leave it will be for a better team than them !

    Would be a good buzz if he announced a statement saying he was staying or news of a contract extension!

  • 68 Laurent Robert 32 // Jun 29, 2016 at 9:35 PM

    It’d be funny if Townsend did turn Palace down after they triggered the release clause. It would demonstrate the attraction that Rafa and the club hold, even in a lower division. Hopefully that is the case.

  • 69 Fostino // Jun 29, 2016 at 9:37 PM

    Mitro gayle

    Ritchie colback shelvey townsand

    Dummett lascalles mbemba anita


    Subs for 1 more

    Sell cisse.goofy.riverie.good.colo.toite.janmaat.bigi.vickic.Sammy.

    Still need a l.b and r.b. And 1 c.m. I’m not sold on our cm pairings.

    Reckon wini..Sissoko..krul may be goners too

  • 70 Tsunki // Jun 29, 2016 at 9:38 PM

    That means Townsend is probably thinking he’s due a pay rise. 😉

  • 71 Jail for Ashley // Jun 29, 2016 at 9:38 PM

    You seemed to suggest that this current squad couldn’t fail to reach the top six, it might but then again it might not. They were perennial losers till Rafa turned up and I’ve bought two ST’s because our portly owner has finally done the right thing.

  • 72 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jun 29, 2016 at 9:44 PM

    Would like to see us sign someone from Derby like Hughes or Hendrick both have the quality and work rate to play at a higher level

  • 73 NezzaNUFC // Jun 29, 2016 at 10:01 PM

    Ritchie = Ginola

    Gayle = Bellamy

    Sels = Given

    Seems to familiar and exciting, but still we need a cualker to fill the CB department.

  • 74 JamesToon // Jun 29, 2016 at 10:10 PM


    regardless of whether im right or your right about our signings, we need to get behind them and get behind rafa’s decisions

  • 75 jimmysmith // Jun 29, 2016 at 10:15 PM

    Gayle and Ritchie are both epl quality, but you do tend to think they are here to replace two better players, Townsend and Sissoko most likely, Krul, Widjnaldum and Janmaat also likely to leave, suggesting a fairly major reshaping now and again this time next year. Still none of our best players have left yet, and so there is still hope we can hold onto them, which would be ideal.

    Sels, Gayle and Ritchie to replace Elliot, Gouffran and Rivierre, and a left back brought in, with Dummett moved across as CB cover and I’d be thrilled, although that’s a long shot.

  • 76 AncientC // Jun 29, 2016 at 10:16 PM

    Ben Arfa is a good enough for PSG, who are the 7th ranked club team in the world according to UEFA.

    According to Alan (2 league wins since 26th December 2015) Pardew, Shola Ameobi was a better player.

  • 77 Laurent Robert 32 // Jun 29, 2016 at 10:20 PM

    Ancient 😀

  • 78 JAMSHA // Jun 29, 2016 at 10:26 PM

    I see some ppl moaning about gayle, these are same ppl who moand about townsend sayn look at his stats, he isnt good enough lol, im 100% sure gayle gona prove u wrong. Im happy to see gayle 100% will score goals for fun,good replacement for cisse

  • 79 martoon // Jun 29, 2016 at 10:37 PM

    On topic – the additions to the medical staff seem like they will aid recovery from injury but I don’t see how they will prevent them in the first place which is our big problem?

  • 80 jimmysmith // Jun 29, 2016 at 10:39 PM

    The signings of Gayle and Ritchie might of course assist Rafa in his attempt to convince those in two minds to stay. Those three players added to what we have should romp the Championship, and with a few more additions once back, should also do very well in the epl, under Benitez.

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