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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