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.
Newcastle’s coaching team for 2016-2017
Front: Paco de Miguel, Rafa Benitez, Ian Cathro
Rear: Antonio Gomez, Mikel Antia, Simon Smith
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 has joined Newcastle as the rehabilitation fitness coach after a spell with Hull City.
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.