Alan Shearer leads tributes as Newcastle United announce stalwart’s departure

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One of United’s longest serving employees has announced his retirement.

Newcastle United physiotherapist Derek Wright has announced his retirement after almost four decades of service.

After initially joining the Magpies in 1984, Wright has become a popular figure at St James Park and the announcement of his retirement led to a number of heartfelt tributes.

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United described Wright as ‘a much-loved and respected part of the Newcastle United family’ and wished him a ‘long and happy retirement’.

Club legend Alan Shearer took to Twitter to thank Wright for his assistance and support after he suffered a number of injuries during his decade-long stay with his boyhood club.

He said: “Ah what a great man he is. Del Boy helped me back to fitness so many times. Enjoy retirement legend.”

Other former Magpies favourites like Rob Lee and Warren Barton also hailed Wright, with the latter describing him as ‘a class man’.

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The long-serving physio has left an impact on hundreds of players and no fewer than 32 permanent or interim managers during his 38 years of service.

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Wright reflected on his time with the Magpies and he will continue his support for the club during the exciting times that lie ahead.

In a statement released on the club website, he said: “It hasn’t been an easy decision to leave the club that I love, and which has been my life for nearly 40 years.

“It has been an honour and a privilege to work for Newcastle United Football Club and I would like to thank all of the managers, coaches, players, staff and fans who have made it such a memorable time.

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“I am very happy to maintain my connection with the club, but I am looking forward to the future spending and enjoying time with my family. I will continue supporting my club as always watching the team go from strength to strength.”

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