Newcastle United have appointed former defender and local lad Peter Ramage as the new U23 assistant coach.
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— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) July 28, 2020
This is a fantastic opportunity for Ramage as he returns to Newcastle United 12 years after he left as a player.
Here is what the 36-year-old had to say about coming back to his hometown club as a coach:
“I’m really excited and grateful to be given the opportunity by the football club to come home and work at the Academy with the Under-23s.
“I’m looking forward to working and learning from some incredible coaches and working with a talented group of players.
“My goal is to help give them the foundations to move into the first team and hopefully live the dream that I did in walking out at St. James’ Park in front of 52,000 Geordies.”
Ramage will assist recently appointed U23 manager Chris Hogg, who was named in February filling the role left open after Neil Redfearn resigned early in the season.
Ramage was born in Whitley Bay and rose through the Newcastle Academy. He made his debut in March of 2005 in a Europa League (then the UEFA Cup) round of 16 match against Olympiacos.
The center half went on to make 69 appearances for Newcastle before being released and joining QPR in 2008.
Ramage retired from football as a member of the United Soccer League’s Phoenix Rising in 2017. He returned to Phoenix as their assistant coach in the summer of 2018 and has now returned to Tyneside.
We wish Peter all the best in his new role and are delighted that another local lad has returned home.