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Former Player Gets New Role At Newcastle

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.

Comments welcome.

6 comments so far

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Aug 21, 2018 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #1

    im surprised he’s our longest serving player. its good to have him back.

  • RobLeenio

    Aug 21, 2018 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #2

    Just adding to my post yesterday, great to see Harps getting a senior role in the club. One of our own.

    His first choice on retiring was to go into Refereeing. He thought that ex-elite level players, due to their vast knowledge of the game, should be fast-tracked through the lower refereeing levels towards elite-level refereeing, so that they could be supervising Premiership-level matches within a couple of years of retiring.

    The FA disagreed, so Harps decided that 10 years of traipsing round Sunday League games for no money, being shouted at by drunken know-nowts wasn’t for him.

    Damn shame, if you ask me, given the dearth of talent in our current crop of top-flight referees.

  • Jib

    Aug 21, 2018 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #3

    RobLeenio – being shouted at by drunken know-nowts
    A bit like being on this blog then.

  • Lindisfarne

    Aug 21, 2018 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #4

    ^^^^^^^says the main culprit!
    (admittedly not at nufc players)

  • widowmagandapoke

    Aug 21, 2018 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #5

    Good move. Harps was a great keeper kept out by another great keeper but never mossed.

  • widowmagandapoke

    Aug 21, 2018 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #6

    Moaned. Damn spellchecker.


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