Newcastle swoop for Hogg

Newcastle United have swooped for former Town U23 joint manager Chris Hogg.

Hogg, 34, will take up the role of U23 lead development coach at Newcastle United, a position which has been vacant since former Leeds and Barnsley manager Neil Redfearn’s departure last November.

The former defender has been with the Town academy since 2013 and has been involved at a number of age groups including brief spells with the first team.

Hogg was part of Brian Klug’s managerial setup during his caretaker spell after the prompt departure of Mick McCarthy. That summer, new boss Paul Hurst kept Hogg as part of his first team staff, but after Hurst’s sacking Hogg returned to assist Gerard Nash with the U23s, guiding them to top spot in the Professional Development League Two South last season.

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

“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.”

On his move, 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.”