Steve Harper has replaced Chris Terpcou who left for Arsenal in the summer.
A Newcastle statement read: “He will be playing a leading role in the development of the club’s ‘keepers at Under-18 and Under-23 level, while also planning, organising and monitoring the Academy’s overall goalkeeping programme from the youngest age.”
Arsenal poached goalkeeping coach Terpcou in the summer, recruiting him to work alongside Andy Woodman with the u18s and u23s.
Woodman also left Newcastle to work at the Emirates with the youth teams before his former colleague followed him to London.
Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeping coach Javi Garcia also signed for Arsenal this summer, following Emery to the club.
In France, the news was seen as a ‘big loss’ for PSG with Garcia very highly rated in the capital.
Their loss is Arsenal’s gain, as the Gunners have really struggled with goalkeepers in recent years. Plenty of shot-stoppers have joined the club with good reputations, only to go on to make mistake after mistake each week.
The most prominent recent example of that is, of course, Petr Cech, who joined as one of the best ‘keepers in Premier League history, and who topped Europe’s top five leagues for errors directly leading to goals last season.
The problem has been put down to former Arsenal goalkeeping coach Gerry Peyton in recent years. He was the only constant as the club moved from one goalkeeper to another, after all. It was rumoured that Arsenal had a choice between keeping Peyton or Wojciech Szczesny after a falling out between the pair and they opted to sell the latter.
Whether Peyton really was the problem, it’s hard to say. Szczesny certainly improved upon leaving for AS Roma, keeping Alisson Becker from the team, and now finds himself at Juventus.