Steve Harper came back to Newcastle to get into coaching back in August 2016 and there was news yesterday that he has been given a new role at the club.
Steve has been appointed as the club’s lead Academy goalkeeping coach.
Chris Terpcou was in that role but he left in the summer to join up with former Newcastle goalkeeping coach Andy Woodman, who is now at Arsenal.
That opened up the position for Steve who played 199 games for Newcastle over a 20-year spell at Newcastle.
Here is the statement issued by Newcastle on their website yesterday:
Former United stopper Steve Harper has taken up a new role as Lead Academy Goalkeeping Coach.
Harper – the Magpies’ longest-serving player of all time – spent 20 years at St. James’ Park between 1993 and 2013, clocking up nearly 200 appearances while representing the club both domestically and in Europe – including the Champions League.
He later played for Hull City and Sunderland before returning to Tyneside in 2016, when he was appointed as the club’s Academy Goalkeeping Coach, working with youngsters up to Under-16 level.
Now, following the departure of Chris Terpcou to Arsenal, he will be playing a leading role in the development of the club’s ‘keepers at Under-18 and Under-23 level, while also planning, organising and monitoring the Academy’s overall goalkeeping programme from the youngest age.
Harper will be based at the Academy on a day-to-day basis and will report to the club’s Head of Goalkeeping, Simon Smith.
He will be supported by Daniel García, who has replaced Harper as Academy Goalkeeping Coach up to Under-16 level.
It’s good to see Steve back at the club and helping the young goalkeepers move through the ranks.