These Are The Men Who Will (Try To) Get Newcastle Promoted

Here is the coaching team under Rafa Benitez who will attempt to get Newcastle United promoted back to the Premier League next May at the very  first time of asking and it includes new assistant manager Mikel Antia, shown in the back center of this photograph.

rafa benitez and coaching staff

Newcastle’s coaching team for 2016-2017
Front: Paco de Miguel, Rafa Benitez, Ian Cathro
Rear:  Antonio Gomez, Mikel Antia, Simon Smith

mikel antia

Mikel Antia was announced in early June as first team coach as a replacement for former Juventus midfielder Fabbio Pecchia, who has taken the manager’s job at Hellas Verona.

Last week the club also announced two additions to the medical staff:

Cristian Fernandez Martinez

Cristian Fernandez Martinez has joined Newcastle as the rehabilitation fitness coach after a spell with Hull City.

Daniel Mart

Daniel Marti has acted in a consultancy role for West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur and has been hired as physiotherapist by Newcastle.

Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez has talked on nufcTV about some of the additions he’s made to his backroom staff since the end of last season:

“We’ve increased the number of people in the medical department.”

“We have a fitness coach – Fernandez Martinez –  for the rehabilitation  to try and make sure that the players come from the physios to the fitness coach to the training ground fine. We have this fitness coach,”

“Fabbio Pecchia has left because he had an offer from Hellas Verona, and I’m really pleased for him because obviously he will be number one there, and it’s his country,” said Benitez.

“We signed Mikel Antia, who was my former player at Real Madrid. He was in Aspire for four years, he has experience in coaching the coaches and training the players, and also he’s played in Spain.”

“He’s a very good professional.”

Things are really starting to become shipshape these days at Newcastle United – it’s great to see that.

Comments welcome.

15 comments so far

  • Jib

    Jul 2, 2016 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #1

    I like the way Rafa doesn’t it deem it necessary to have his intials on his t/s.

  • jane

    Jul 2, 2016 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #2

    good observation Jib 🙂

  • nufcursed

    Jul 2, 2016 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #3

    if this could be our team for next season we’ll be fine:


    i’d give the young ones a chance in the championship.


    only a couple of clever signings and we’ll have a very decent squad

  • Pardews Priceless Bulls#*t

    Jul 2, 2016 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #4

    @jamestoon regarding the “nothing” players I agree with you on most of them and I would sell gouffran if we got an offer and wouldn’t renew his contract if it were to run out, however as it stands I believe he has a small contribution to make this year. There is however no need to keep him beyond this year

  • davetoon

    Jul 2, 2016 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #5

    Glad to see that Rafa rates Cathro enough to see him keep a coaching role.

  • davetoon

    Jul 2, 2016 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #6

    On another note i wish there was some more movement around buying back up for the CBs. Feels like groundhog day in that respect.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 2, 2016 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #7

    i like the way rafa has completely covered up the wonga logo too.

  • davetoon

    Jul 2, 2016 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #8

    Haha. Good point. I actually considered buying a shirt this year now that the horrible wonga logo isn’t solid blue and looks less like a walking billboard

  • Jib

    Jul 2, 2016 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #9

    Colo is flying back tomorrow to England to officially sever his ties with the club he never tires of telling Argentinians that he loves.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 2, 2016 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #10

    it’s funny how rafa is single handedly bringing about the wholesale changes so badly needed for so long. maybe it finally dawned on ashley that hiring 3rd raters for so long and taking awful advice from non – footballing drinking buddies has been fatally flawed and proved to be very false economy.

    Still need rid of charnley, carr, beardo, watson and wonga, but who knows rafa may even slowly achieve that too.

  • Jib

    Jul 2, 2016 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #11

    Sorry – flew Thursday arrives on Tyneside tomorrow

  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 2, 2016 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #12

    Like the way Rafa does not have his initials on his top but on his shorts. Clearly an initials on the shorts man.

  • davetoon

    Jul 2, 2016 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #13

    Hqving collo in the dressing room last season after what happened with Guti especially when he was injured cant have been good for morale.

  • Toon Tang

    Jul 2, 2016 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #14

    I have more confidence in these lads here than the whole of the last 10 years worth of staff combined.

    Lets get this damn season underway eh

  • nufc 11

    Jul 2, 2016 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #15

    I think we really need to buy into recruiting players that cherish the opportunity and honour of playing for nufc rather than the players who think they are too good for us we really need a core of steel running through the spine of the team look at what it done for Leicester. Jeff henderick, Lewis cook, ward prowse, richard keogh,Albrighton, Shane Duffy, Robson kanu. Maybe?


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