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Newcastle Confirm Hogg Appointment
Wednesday, 19th Feb 2020 11:47

Newcastle United have confirmed that Town U23s joint-manager Chris Hogg has joined their staff as U23s coach, as revealed by TWTD last week.

Hogg had been coaching with the Town academy since hanging up his boots after leaving Inverness Caledonian Thistle in 2013.

The 34-year-old worked his way up the age groups before assisting Alan Lee with the U18s and for the last few seasons Gerard Nash with the U23s, helping them to top Professional Development League Two South last season.

The Middlesbrough-born former central defender assisted Bryan Klug during his spells as caretaker-boss in 2018 and briefly worked with the first team during Paul Hurst's time in charge.

“Chris has gained a lot of experience here working at all levels in the academy and with the U23s,” Town’s general manager football operations Lee O’Neill told the club site.

“He is well liked by the players and staff at the club. We are obviously sorry to see him go but understand that it’s an opportunity for him to develop his career.

“We may see him back at the club one day in the future. Who knows in football but we wish him the best of luck.”

Hogg told the Magpies official site: “I’m delighted to be here, for several reasons really.

“First of all, to challenge myself in a new environment and to kick on as a coach, but also to join a club like Newcastle feels like a really good opportunity to influence and impact the programme to develop the young players here, push them into the first team, aid them in their football careers and develop them as people as well, which is really important to me.

“With the young players here – like the Longstaffs and Tom Allan, who has made his debut this year – I think the pathway is opening. It’s about aiding the development of players and adding the quality to help them force that pathway open by being the best they can be.

“The staff here have been doing a good job, so it’s up to me to come and enhance the programme, try and add to it wherever I can and continue the good work that is evidently already being done.”

Head of coaching Ben Dawson added: “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 U23s, but he’s also had that experience with the first team as well. He’s a good fit for us.”

Hogg initially joined Town as a young player when George Burley signed him from York City’s youth system in 2001 for compensation of £150,000, having won England caps at U15 and U16 levels.

Hogg, who is married to his former boss Burley’s daughter, Lisa, went on to play for the Young Lions’ U18s and U19s during his time at Town, although he never made a senior appearance for the Blues.

Ex-Town skipper and coach Tony Mowbray took him to Hibernian in 2005 and Hogg spent six years with the Edinburgh club, including a spell as captain.

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dirtydingusmagee added 11:49 - Feb 19
Good Luck Hoggy, hope it all works well for you, Did a good job for us .

OldClactonBlue added 12:23 - Feb 19
Good luck Chris, hope it goes well.

Pecker added 12:27 - Feb 19
You are following in a pair of very famous shoes. Hope you are up to it. Good luck.

bomber21 added 12:54 - Feb 19
Great opportunity to further his career,good luck,let's face it staying here at a club without proper leadership from owner to manager and limited quality on the pitch what chances would he have,don't think he will be the only one out of the door if promotion is not achieved.

ITFCsince73 added 12:58 - Feb 19
I really can’t see any positives in this.
A highly respected coach, no longer at ITFC.
No doubt Newcastle have seen the great work he’s done, and thought yes well have some of that.
Instrumental in creating good young players such as Downes and Woolfy.

marco5113 added 13:02 - Feb 19
good luck

with his good looks will definitely not be mistaken for peter beardsley's younger brother.....

PositivelyPortman added 14:02 - Feb 19
Cheer up, Butch is the replacement! 😂

ipswichdave added 14:30 - Feb 19
Any money involved, as compensation?

Bluearmy_81 added 16:24 - Feb 19
Can't blame him. Why stay at a club with zero ambition?!

Steve_ITFC_Sweden added 16:55 - Feb 19
Not good, but, unfortunately, not difficult to understand. Pity he never made it as a first -team player. He seemed like a very good prospect at the time. Anyway, good luck with your new career, Chris.

blueboy1981 added 19:39 - Feb 19
Good scouting on Newcastle’s part for sure - a brilliant career opportunity for Chris - no brainer for him to take it on.

budgieplucker added 20:00 - Feb 19
Let’s now wait for the offer from Newcastle for Flynn and Woolfy. History maybe repeating itself in selling our top young midfielder and defender to the Magpies.? Mind you £6 million each for Kieron and Titus all those years ago with a large slice of inflation might just produce a pot of gold!!!!

But then with Ebenezeer in charge of the purse strings he might just stretch to a large screen at the ground to keep up our pretense of having a Priemership pedigree.

On a more serious note, best of luck Chris, part of the original plan after Mick Mac was to see our coaches progress through the ranks as well,

itfchorry added 20:33 - Feb 19
That’s Downes and Woolfy off to Newcastle then !

Millsey added 21:42 - Feb 19
Gone to a third rate team but good luck

Bert added 09:55 - Feb 20
Well done to the lad. As with any profession, good people will seek to improve themselves.

RobITFC added 10:43 - Feb 20
ITFCsince1973 - Problem is we are League 1 so you cannot blame Chris Hogg for trying to better himself and earn more money. Also , yes he has done a great job here, but maybe it is time to have a change anyway, new ideas, training methods etc , something our U23's might need to push on to the 1st team. Time will tell ?

ITFCsince73 added 13:07 - Feb 20
RobITFC. Yes agree we are in L1.
It’s disappointing because over the last couple of seasons, we have started to get our good name back with regards to producing our own talent.
Chris Hogg was a big part in that recovery.
As the saying goes, if something isn’t broke, don’t try and fix it.
Trouble is now, we have lost an important part in bringing our own players through.
Both Nash and Klug are u18 academy driven.
Chris Hogg was our man, u18 to senior level.

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