Confirmed Jonathan Woodgate as new Middlesbrough boss – Now 14 ex-Newcastle are Managers
Jonathan Woodgate has finally been confirmed as the new boss at Middlesbrough.
Tony Pulis leaving after failing to get promotion last season.
The official statement (see below) on Friday morning states that he has been given the title of ‘Head Coach’ rather than Manager.
They’ll be hoping it works out better for them than when Mike Ashley gave Steve McClaren that title.
Certainly Newcastle fans had a few titles of their own for McClaren after seeing what he was capable of…
Jonathan Woodgate is easily the best defender most/all Newcastle fans will have seen and interesting whether that can show in his coaching/management role.
As we all know, the best players don’t always make the best managers.
By my reckoning that makes it 14 ex-Newcastle United employees (ex players, coaches, assistant managers etc) who are now managers/Head Coaches.
Here are the 14 and the date they were appointed (interested if anybody knows of any I have missed, please let us know in the comments below and/or on social media):
14 June 2019 – Jonathan Woodgate (Middlesbrough)
11 June 2019 – Mike Williamson (Gateshead)
1 June 2019 – Lee Clark (Blyth Spartans)
20 May 2019 – Steve Clarke (Scotland)
2 April 2019 – Kevin Bond (Southend)
28 February 2018 – Scott Parker (Fulham)
10 January 2019 – Steve Watson (York)
19 December 2018 – Colin Calderwood (Cambridge)
27 November 2018 – Sol Campbell (Macclesfield)
15 October 2018 – Gary Caldwell (Partick Thistle)
18 April 2018 – Joey Barton (Fleetwood)
22 March 2018 – Lee Bowyer (Charlton)
10 June 2013 – Tommy Wright (St Johnstone)
28 December 2011 – Michael O’Neill (Northern Ireland)
Official Middlesbrough statement:
‘Middlesbrough Football Club are delighted to confirm that Jonathan Woodgate will head up a new-look senior coaching team.
Woodgate has been appointed as the club’s new head coach and has agreed a three-year contract.
Our former captain will be joined by his ex-Leeds and Tottenham team-mate, and current Republic of Ireland assistant manager Robbie Keane, Leo Percovich, who was previously on the coaching staff at the club from 2013-2017, and one-time Boro man Danny Coyne, as goalkeeping coach.
There was huge interest in the coaching positions following the departure of Tony Pulis and in a robust process the club spoke with a number of potential candidates both in the UK and abroad.
It was during this procedure that it became clear that Jonathan was the outstanding candidate to head up the new structure, and his staff bring a wealth of experience and knowledge.
Jonathan’s vision is very much aligned to our own for the club as we look to develop a new identity.’
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