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Newcastle Announce Steve Harper As New Academy Manager



Newcastle United have announced that Steve Harper has been appointed as the new academy manager. He had been serving in the role on an interim basis since Joe Joyce left the club earlier in the year.

The 46-year-old rejoined Newcastle in November of 2019 to serve as a link between the first team and the Academy. He had left his position as the goalkeeping coordinator a few months earlier.

Harper, of course, spent 20 years at St. James’ Park as a goalkeeper from 1993 to 2013. He made 199 appearances for Newcastle United before joining Steve Bruce at Hull City as a free agent in 2013.

This is what Harper told nufc.co.uk about this new opportunity:

“I’m delighted to take up the position as academy manager on a permanent basis and have enjoyed every day in the role so far.

“I’m passionate about our club and to lead our Academy is an honor and a privilege.

“The club, head coach, and all the staff have been fantastic, and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank them for their support.

“We want to help our young people to become better players and have a successful career in the game.

“Equally importantly, we are developing them as people, instilling them with the right values to support their onward journeys.

“The Academy provides them with wonderful opportunities on and off the pitch and I’m excited to be working with a great team to drive our Academy forwards for the benefit of everyone involved.”

Newcastle United’s managing director, Lee Charnley, had this to say about Harper’s appointment:

“Steve is a great fit for the position of academy manager. He has served Newcastle United as a player, coach, and ambassador fantastically over the years and will use his passion for our club to further develop the Academy.

“His experiences on and off the pitch and his knowledge of the club bring a unique perspective to the role and will be of great benefit to all involved with the Academy.”

We wish Steve the best of luck in his new role as academy director. Here is an interview with Harper on his latest challenge at Newcastle United.

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The Forum Cinema Hexham will be screening We Are The Geordies, a documentary film following Newcastle United fans during our promotion campaign in 2016/17.

The screenings will be taking place on the 3rd and 4th of August with the screening on the 3rd being followed by an in-person Q&A session with some of the film’s cast, director, and crew.

They will also be raffling off one of NUFC’s new home shirts on the 3rd for those who buy a ticket on that day. You can purchase tickets at this location www.forumhexham.com.


324 comments so far

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jul 16, 2021 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #1

    So say arbitration etc doesn’t go our way can the Saudis not just put the person down that the PL think it would be in charge?

    If the piracy issues are being resolved and they don’t care about human rights etc then surely the takeover could go through?

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  • Aces-of-Eights

    Jul 16, 2021 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #2

    Why cant Rumayyan buy it as a private individual instead of pif. There are ways around it but maybe pif want it a certain way cos of their portfolio. Maybe gov cant intervene because Qatar is also trading in uk

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jul 16, 2021 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #3

    Good thing about the appointment is that if we do get a GK problem then he’s still around!

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  • Aces-of-Eights

    Jul 16, 2021 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #4

    2 more weeks toon 22 just hang in there

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 16, 2021 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #5

    LCBP,
    Do you think the Saudi’s are still there after listening o Stavely

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 16, 2021 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #6

    Here’s today’s recruitment drive.
    For all those still interested in joining the two blog H2H leagues please find this thread:

    Nufcblog.com
    Top NUFC Target Left Out Of Pre-Season Friendlies As Yet Another EPL Club Is Turned Away.

    And post “I’m in”
    Once it’s ran its course Neil will e mail the two relevant codes.

    Code for Ed Harrison league is.
    Code: iaemqa

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  • Ashingtoon62

    Jul 16, 2021 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #7

    Jail,I think that’s why she was flummoxed “The Saudi’s”
    If the Orange one had said PIF?? She might have had a more polished answer ready.

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  • Mund

    Jul 16, 2021 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #8

    Staveley said in the ITV interview that they are still there.

    Never be good enough for some tho.

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  • Optimistic prime

    Jul 16, 2021 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #9

    I think the reaction to Simon Jordans interview is hilarious.

    He gave out incorrect information about arbitration and the workings of the PL.

    No ones bothered about that, shows he’s not even worth listening to.

    Hes a dummy who baits dummies and catches them by the million.

    You should all know every detail he spoke of as it’s been mentioned on here countless times.

    Yet instead of using brains, most have retaliated in the same way as Jordan does, with bile and hate.

    Quite a few are no better and in fact worse than he is, yet they claim to support Nufc.

    It’s very hypocritical to whine about online abuse, then find reasons to justify doing it to Jordan.

    No surprise as its the new world, live one life, pretend to have another.

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  • Zele

    Jul 16, 2021 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #10

    Jail for Ashley,

    Hope the Saudis aren’t listening as she doesn’t inspire confidence with the current exchange with SJ.

    I find it hard to believe she would represent the club at the PL top table if the current exchange is anything to go by.

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  • Ashingtoon62

    Jul 16, 2021 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #11

    Is it just me, or are there any folk on here embarrassed by the reports regarding our time at Queen Ethelburga’s?
    The Chronic/the club staff even our captain are tripping ower themselve’s, to tell us how fantastic the facilities are.
    It’s a disgrace that a public school (other independent school) as they see themselves 🙄
    should have better football training facilities,than us a EPL club ffs!!
    It boils my pi55 and is one of the reasons that I hope to god, this takeover goes through.

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  • Adamn_92

    Jul 16, 2021 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #12

    OP

    Genuine question, what is it he said about arbitration and the pl that was incorrect? I thought arbitration to conclude disagreements within the league was something all clubs voted for? If i’m wrong in that then quite a bit of what i’ve said in my last comments would be incorrect and i’d take them back haha

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  • Optimistic prime

    Jul 16, 2021 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #13

    Bills

    Arbitration is ALLOWED to be public if both parties agree, it’s in PL rules.

    Jordan was incorrect to claim Stavely was trying to have the rules changed or anything like it.

    This is why the whole thing is laughable.

    All this screaming..

    Has Stavely even pointed this out?

    If she hasn’t, I’d be worried as I’d expect her to know this.

    Someone should have pointed this out to Jordan when he was on the Show.

    I listened and started laughing as I knew the screamers would be all over it as they’re as daft as him.

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  • Optimistic prime

    Jul 16, 2021 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #14

    Adamn

    He said Stavely was trying to have the rules changed to make arbitration public.

    It’s already allowed to be public, the PL are stopping it by not agreeing!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 16, 2021 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #15

    She keeps saying we are committed, we are this, we are that. Where does she mention PiF?

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  • cleveleysbob

    Jul 16, 2021 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #16

    A layman’s view,

    If the club wins arbitration, the O&D test as submitted has to pass and takeover goes through.

    If the club loses arbitration, then the PL are proved correct in their assertion that PIF is in effect KSA, then why didn’t they reject the O&D test as not meeting their requirements? The consortium claim every question asked was answered, but the PL chose to disbelieve the answers. They should have rejected the test and the legal cases could have started 15 Months ago.

    So, does this not strengthen MA’s case of anti competitive action by the PL in not making a decision? A £340M business deal thwarted by the PL not abiding by or applying their O&D rules applicable at that time?

    It all does my head in somewhat, and I’m not sure how any of it is going to play out, but I just think that somewhere, behind locked doors there is likely to be a lot of string pulling and manoeuvring between governments and authorities to somehow get this done. The government wants large scale inward investment (levelling up), the PL needs new fresh finance after 18+ months of Covid chaos. The football authorities must want a new source of finance that isn’t debt dependent. I just feel that if it all goes t***s up then MA is going to clean up at the CAT. Unfortunately for us, we lose our future and dreams. 🙁

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  • Adamn_92

    Jul 16, 2021 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #17

    OP

    I thought that was only if both parties agreed for it be public? So the league are within their right to say no and aren’t breaking any rules? But if we get told no and still push and ask for the government to be involved, that would be us not following and accepting the rules that we as a club agreed on with the rest of the league, wouldn’t it? Or am I reading into that wrong?

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  • cleveleysbob

    Jul 16, 2021 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #18

    OP, thanks, I tried to make the same point earlier, but no one’s listening 😉

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  • Optimistic prime

    Jul 16, 2021 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #19

    Adamn

    You’re right.

    On his show he basically said it wasn’t allowed to be public and Stavely was trying to have the rules changed.

    Then he slated her for it.

    His whole reason for slating her holds no water.

    Everyone just overlooked that and attacked him lol.

    Isn’t it better to shut him up with the facts?

    Seems many much prefer to spread the hate than they claim.

    Two wrongs??

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  • Adamn_92

    Jul 16, 2021 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #20

    I read it as, as a club in the league we voted and accepted rules laid out along with the other clubs. One being that arbitration is used for disputed within the league and are done in private. It can be asked for arbitration to be made public, but that only happens if both parties agree to it. So if one declines, then that’s the end of it. It remains private as both parties didn’t agree for it to be public. If one party then continues to push for it to be public then that isn’t accepting the rules you previously agreed to and accepted. That was what I thought Jordan was getting at but I could have read the interaction wrong or be misunderstanding the rules.

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  • Optimistic prime

    Jul 16, 2021 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #21

    Bob

    Its strange how many claim to know what’s going on, yet can’t even get their head round the basic facts.

    Or just completely ignore them!

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  • Adamn_92

    Jul 16, 2021 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #22

    OP

    That’s what I was hoping Amanda would do, hit him with cold hard facts and prove him wrong when he was. Put him in his place and make him look a fool. Getting angry and flustered a bit just played into his and the shows hands imo.

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  • Optimistic prime

    Jul 16, 2021 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #23

    Adamn

    Facts and evidence, not hopes and opinions!

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  • cleveleysbob

    Jul 16, 2021 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #24

    The PL is meant to be an independent organisation with oversight/governance of the rules within its remit.

    I don’t think they can arbitrarily refuse an action that is clearly written as acceptable within those rules.

    As I mentioned here earlier, the problem is that our arbitration is against the PL, therefore against the very people who are supposed to look after the 20 members interests. We are one of those members and they are refusing to accept our request to make the hearings public. I’m not sure they can legally do that, although they are giving their best shot.

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  • scott

    Jul 16, 2021 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #25

    Adamn

    I think the obvious answer is they agreed to those arbitration rules along time ago!

    Long before they were in a high stakes arbitration with 1 judge they trust on a 3 judge panel!

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  • lochinvar

    Jul 16, 2021 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #26

    Jordans questioning was in the predictable line of enquiry of the red top press.
    The trick is to attach a question mark to every point in the same way that you ask ” is your mother living with Elvis on the moon?” That way you get a denial to prove your point.

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  • Optimistic prime

    Jul 16, 2021 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #27

    Bob

    Legally they must be allowed to refuse as its part of their rules.

    Theres no separate rule for a club vs PL, that I could see, therefore they must fall under the same rule.

    I reckon, I aint a lawyer though.

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  • lochinvar

    Jul 16, 2021 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #28

    Simon Jordan is less credible than Dicky Keys. Only Richard Masters is less appealing.

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  • Adamn_92

    Jul 16, 2021 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #29

    Scott, yeah they were no doubt agreed upon a loooooong time ago but my guess would be any changes to procedures would have to be discussed and agreed with all clubs. Not just changed on a whim for us for this one case. Which I don’t know if other clubs would back us in that bid for change either sadly!

    Bob, I think the league have probably covered themselves by the rules agreed upon by them and the clubs, including arbitration. We already know how corrupt and sneaky they are, so it wouldn’t be a surprise if they’re covered in the league’s rules to refuse arbitration to be public and that be the end of it.

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  • Mund

    Jul 16, 2021 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #30

    Loch

    Totally agree but doesn’t stop some still championing him 😆

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  • Mund

    Jul 16, 2021 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #31

    Long 🙂

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  • carltoon

    Jul 16, 2021 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #32

    What i don’t understand is, it’s in the rules, then why don’t the PL want it to be public. It’s as simple as that, we are the PL, we are a member, we want it public, so. Why? If it was the PL against an owner or some other business taking them to court, i could understand.

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  • carltoon

    Jul 16, 2021 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #33

    I hope in future, the PL are made to have transparency, and allow fans to know what’s going on. It’s probably too late for us, surely it will end soon, and we know one way or the other.

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  • Optimistic prime

    Jul 16, 2021 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #34

    Carltoon

    It’s lose lose for them, if they don’t allow it they APPEAR dodgy, which is way better than it being PROVED they’re dodgy.

    Lesser of two evils

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  • Mund

    Jul 16, 2021 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #35

    It can’t carry on how it has been.

    They make there own rules up to protect themselves, not to protect the clubs or the fan of those clubs.

    Its needs to change for the future of the game.

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  • scott

    Jul 16, 2021 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #36

    Adamn

    Do you think the pl followed the agreed rules on the O&D test ie no outside influences?

    If like me you don’t then that’s a private process,so I can understand the consortium not trusting another one!

    As for going to the other clubs I’m fairly certain of six clubs voting against any change so only takes one from the rest to “persuade” to vote against it which won’t be hard IMO
    If I’m correct in my thinking then that would explain the route taken!

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  • carltoon

    Jul 16, 2021 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #37

    Adam, the PL maybe made to change their ways, the government already involved, with the review, and they don’t want what happened with the ESL to happen again. Look how the fans reacted to that.

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  • Mund

    Jul 16, 2021 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #38

    carltoon

    Let’s just hope that the PL and Masters & Hoffman will stand accountable at the end of the CAT case.

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  • carltoon

    Jul 16, 2021 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #39

    OP that’s how it looks, and your right.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 16, 2021 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #40

    Excellent trip to Ros Castle – view from the top is mind blowing. Conditions were excellent and very dry. I would not have managed to get up if the ground was wet/soggy. Used a walking stick as well. Long distance views were excellent. There are several directions plates there with arrowed lines pointing to Newcastle/Bamburgh/Farne /Islands/The Cheviot etc etc – just use them as sight lines to view places. Lovely and quiet, air refreshing. Caught a small frog as well.

    Could not believe what happened on the way down – caught an adder. Also known as a viper. Talking about them yesterday. Nature bods will know the adder can be identified by the zig zag line on its back. Now this line was slightly deformed and I swear to God it spelt out L E S H. No joking – how spooky is that.
    Unless it is dry use boots with chunky/Vibram soles to climb up. Lots of loose sand on the path which I imagine could be treacherous – worth doing though for the reward of a fantastic view.

    Add – supplemented my energy levels by scoffing wild blueberries on the way up – loads of them but fruits nearly finished.

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