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Have Newcastle Found A Gem In Latest Academy Hire?

Yesterday, Newcastle announced the appointment of Chris Hogg as the new U23s manager. He’ll replace Neil Redfearn, who had resigned in November.

Head of coaching Ben Dawson had been the interim manager since Redfearn’s departure. He, of course, was in that role last season before Redfearn came in.

Dawson spoke a little about Hogg after the announcement yesterday. This is some of what he said:

“We’re delighted to get Chris. It’s been a rigorous recruitment process and he’s done really well throughout each of the stages.

“We wanted somebody to come in and lead the multi-disciplinary team of staff and the group of players at what is a critical age.

“We’re trying to help the players make that step of breaking through into a first-team environment, and Chris has got good experience of that both as a player and as a coach.

“He spent a lot of time at Ipswich and has had opportunities to develop working across the age groups, most recently as joint manager of the under-23s, but he’s also had that experience with the first team as well. He’s a good fit for us.”

The Chronicle have a report detailing just how arduous a process it was to find the right fit for this vital role. Chris seems to have be very impressive in each part of the process.

This is an important hire for Newcastle after the situation with Redfearn, who left after only a few months on the job. It is essential that they got this one right, and the process was very detailed to find the best fit.

By all accounts, it looks like Newcastle may have found a coaching gem in Hogg. At just 34, he could have a positive impact on Newcastle’s youngsters for some time to come.

Ipswich’s Director of Football Dave Bowman, who happens to be from Newcastle, had the following high praise for Hogg:

“He comes highly recommended. He’s very, very good and he’s done some excellent work with us.

“He’s great on the attention to detail, he’s good with the technology, every area he’s got real ability, and he’s certainly got a great future ahead of him.

“He wanted to go back to the North East, so I think this was a job he really wanted and he’ll make a good impact at Newcastle.

“It says a lot about him that both of our last two managers wanted him to be part of their backroom staff.

“Paul Hurst had him on the bench with the first team, and Paul Lambert wanted to do the same as well because they valued him.”

We hope that Newcastle have found a top young coach to join the ranks at the club. While the impact he can have will not grab the headlines, he’s is a crucial link in the process to get Newcastle’s youngsters ready for the first team.

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33 comments so far

  • DaveD1000

    Feb 20, 2020 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #1

    Maybe he can help Bruce move on from Spectrum ZX and Myspace

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 20, 2020 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #2

    Bill’s getting ASM to footin facetime him showing him our antiquated training facilities is the exact reason I think they had no intentions of getting him in the first place.

  • pheasant plucker

    Feb 20, 2020 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #3

    The fans need to help Ashley move on don’t renew your season tickets

  • Jib

    Feb 20, 2020 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #4

    pheasant plucker

    The fans need to help Ashley move on don’t renew your season tickets

    As Mr Spock would say:


  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 20, 2020 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #5

    Nothing daft or paranoid about it Bill’s. We bid for 11M for Nzogbia once knowing fine well, Wigan I think had no intentions of selling. He then went for cheaper later on, if we were prepared to offer 11M why did we not want him cheaper. We apparently bid for Gomis then didn’t want him when he was free. We’ve put up with thirteen years of lies from the footers, what is paranoid about that.

  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 20, 2020 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #6


    If it’s the same scenario, ie ash still here and bruce still here next season, really what is the incentive and point for literally anyone to keep going. To the muppets who said a boycott was useless, Ash felt that with the 10,000 free ticket giveaway, no qustion. That is wholly unsustainable and just imagine if it was sub 20k crowds. If alarm bells weren’t ringing before they surely would then.
    – – – – – – – –

    This Hogg guy may be great but if the youngsters get in to Bruce’s team only to be told to hoof it with 10 men behind the ball, again what’s the point. Bruce saying he was going to play attacking football to get onside with the fans is surely ranks along the Ash category of whoppers.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 20, 2020 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #7

    They get a member of the crazy gang to announce grand plans of a new training comex. A few years later they persuade an elite manager to stay by showing him the plans of said complex and introduce him to the architect. Three years after that they release a statement saying the ones we’ve got and have had since the early days are just fine. If they were just fine why announce all these plans.

  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 20, 2020 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #8

    don’t think so jib

  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 20, 2020 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #9


    It is heart warming that you don’t feel the need to repeat yourself in defense of Ash every day.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 20, 2020 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #10

    Is it completely lost on you why hardly anybody trusts these filthy lying toe rags anymore?

  • Reilly

    Feb 20, 2020 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #11

    Salomon Rondon: ‘I miss St James’ Park the most. It was my jungle, my place’


  • Jib

    Feb 20, 2020 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #12

    I want the club sold as much as anyone
    To sell something no matter what it is , it’s
    best to make the sale object as attractive as possible.

  • lesh

    Feb 20, 2020 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #13

    Jib (aka Team Leader , Ashley’s Cheerleaders) and Bill’s son,

    After four days of waiting for an answer to my question (Why are Leicester, Wolves, Sheffield Utd and others outstripping NUFC in all departments (except incompetence)?), you still haven’t provided one.

    Come on Jib, come on Bill’s, let’s have an answer that’s really show we moansters that we’re wrong.

    Show Bishop how it’s done.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 20, 2020 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #14

    Do you think that Athletic makes any money, they must pay quite big for the interviews and the Journo’s they hire.

  • fairscup

    Feb 20, 2020 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #15

    cockneymafiaout – last post – absolutely correct

  • Jib

    Feb 20, 2020 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #16

    Years of experience has shown me that engaging with
    folk with closed minds is fruitless.
    jog on

  • Jib

    Feb 20, 2020 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #17

    In the same interview big Ron confirms he spoke with Man U
    in January but they opted for the simpler solution of Odion Ighalo

  • Moonraker15

    Feb 20, 2020 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #18

    A blind man can see the potential of our club so we don’t need to make it look attractive to buyers.
    If it is more attractive through a full stadium then Ashley won’t sell it.
    When something is up for sale for years and is making a profit, it’s obvious the owner is not a willing seller!
    He said himself, “ I shouldn’t own a football club”!

  • toon22

    Feb 20, 2020 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #19


    From the last thread

    Is that what you mean about being positive?
    It’s a nightmare but we should just enjoy it ?

  • pheasant plucker

    Feb 20, 2020 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #20

    Micke is just waiting for your s.t renewal before saying the club is not for sale

  • lesh

    Feb 20, 2020 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #21


    Does that mean you can’t answer my question without a prompt from Bishop?

    Rather than engage with me as you out it, why not tell the Blog why Everton are to commit to a £500m stadium and NUFC use wheelie bins for ice baths?

  • Moonraker15

    Feb 20, 2020 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #22

    Jib, “years of experience” should tell you that Ashley is killing our club, so why do you continue to support him?

  • wynsleap

    Feb 20, 2020 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #23

    Hogg can be the most polished and sparkling gem in the coaching world but if Ashley won’t invest in some seriously talented youngsters to bring through it is just a whole lot of hot air. This appointment is just another touch of gloss to cover up the dross.

  • coming home

    Feb 20, 2020 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #24

    So to sell the club you need to make it as attractive as possible, then we hire brucey oh yes I get it.

  • Reilly

    Feb 20, 2020 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #25

    Big publication in the states jail.

  • lochinvar

    Feb 20, 2020 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #27

    R.I.P. Larry Tesler, an icon of early computing, has died at the age of 74.
    It was thanks to his innovations – which included the “cut”, “copy” and “paste” commands – that the personal computer became simple to learn and use.

  • Jib

    Feb 20, 2020 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #28

    Have you heard of Joe Anderson,head of Liverpool council ?
    He’s an Evertonian .
    LC bought Finch Farm Everton’s training ground and are going
    to fund the Bramley-Moore dock development – there’s hell on about it.

  • pheasant plucker

    Feb 20, 2020 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #29

    Ah jib I wandered how long it would be before you made a comment
    Still being friends with micke helps

  • lesh

    Feb 20, 2020 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #30

    Now that the media’s spinning that Bruce, note, Bruce’ll have a massive transfer kitty to spend this summer, three questions come to mind:

    Are the trying to sell ST renewals?

    Is Mikey boy doing the usual pre-fakeover fail routine?

    And, this is where Bruce having a kitty comes in, are they trying to shift the blame for Joelinton onto Brucuie?

  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 20, 2020 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #31

    NUFC has an owner that primarily wants to advertise his business. A coach/manager that primarily wants to satisfy his own desire and players that primarily agree to appear in order to sign on with a better club.

    Then we have fans that will take any opportunity to encourage that the owner is soon to go, has saved the club from financial ruin, has only the betterment of the team at heart and does not profit financially.

    Not everything is black n white, but my hope has again plummeted, the team looks disjointed and incapable. Plus what used to be the peak of competitive football, playing in the Cup, is no longer any fun. Making a mockery of the years we have craved a decent run, some encouraging signs of success and a corner turned towards consistent progress.

    But alas.

  • lesh

    Feb 20, 2020 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #32


    Your post at 29 did not answer my question. I gave WHY Everton are to commit to a £500m stadium and NUFC use wheelie bins for ice baths – not how.

    Do you want to try again?

  • toon22

    Feb 20, 2020 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #33

    Jabbas the turd that won’t flush
    Said he wanted to sell
    Price has been met money on the table. , again

    All for it to drift away while he looks forward to robbing as much of the tv money possible
    Where’s the money gone


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