There’s news coming from the Mail’s northeast reporter Craig Hope that Sunderland will lose their well-thought of Academy Director Mark Atkinson this summer.
He will be joining Newcastle United, and it’s an area Newcastle must improve as quickly as possible so that we can bring youngsters through to the first team.
It’s a priority area for Rafa Benitez – assuming he will stay on and keep managing Newcastle when his contract runs out at the end of the month.
Sunderland Academy Director Mark Atkinson – will join Newcastle this summer
Understand SAFC will lose head of coaching Mark Atkinson from their academy this summer. He is joining NUFC. Very well thought of within the game & by parents/staff at Sunderland.
— Craig Hope (@CraigHope_DM) June 3, 2019
This is a good move for Newcastle at Sunderland’s expense – and hopefully, Mark Atkinson will be joining the next exciting phase of Rafa’s transformation of Newcastle United into a top team in Europe.