Middlesbrough born coach Chris Hogg has been named the club’s new U-23 manager.
A club statement confirms he’s now left Ipswich Town to be our new Lead Player Development Coach (U23s) – seeing us finally replace Neil Redfearn several months on from his resignation and allowing Ben Dawson to revert back to his role as ‘head of coaching’
Official statement from NUFC.co.uk:
Newcastle United are delighted to confirm the appointment of Chris Hogg as lead player development coach for the club’s under-23 side.
Hogg joins the Magpies from Ipswich Town, where he was co-manager of the Tractor Boys’ under-23s.
The 34-year-old will take over management of the under-23 side from Ben Dawson, who will revert to his role as head of coaching.
Middlesbrough-born Hogg began his playing career at Portman Road and spent time on loan at Boston United before joining Hibernian in 2005.
The centre half spent six seasons at Easter Road, winning the Scottish League Cup in 2007 and the Hibees’ player of the year award the following year.
Hogg, 34, is a youthful appointment, but arrives with experience as he is currently the academy coach for Championship side Ipswich.
He had his own playing career cut short due to a knee injury while playing for Hibernian against Dundee United back in 2011, with the damage leading Terry Butcher to call it “one of the worst he’d ever seen.”
Hogg soon switched his focus towards coaching, being promoted to academy coach in October 2018.
Hogg’s appointment will further add to the local representation among the management staff, with Steve Bruce, Steve Harper and Simon Smith hailing from the region and assistant Steve Agnew having previous links with both Sunderland and Gateshead.