Newcastle United confirm appointment of Man Utd great’s brother

Newcastle United have confirmed the appointment of a new under-18s coach as part of a reshuffle in the academy system.

Newcastle United have confirmed the appointment of Graeme Carrick.

Carrick, who is the younger brother of former Manchester United star Michael, has been appointed as the Magpies’ under-18s coach.

The 37-year-old has been working with the FA for the last 15 years as a coach developer, and he will now return to the North East.

Carrick was born in Wallsend, but he moved South to begin his playing career with West Ham United’s youth setup.

Injury brought Carrick’s playing career to an end, and he then linked up with Newcastle with a coaching role between 2005 and 2007.

He will now return to Tyneside for a fresh coaching role, replacing Peter Ramage, who will join Shola Ameobi as the club’s loan player co-ordinator.

Speaking about the appointment, Carrick told the club website: “I’m absolutely delighted.

“I worked part-time for the club 15 years ago and I always hoped I’d come back one day.

“Being from the area, I understand the privilege and responsibility of the job and it’s such a special club so I can’t wait to start.

“I’ve had a brilliant time at the FA over the 15 years and I’m certainly appreciative of the opportunities and experiences gained but I think I’m ready for a fresh challenge. When the opportunity came up with Newcastle, it seemed like the perfect timing and the perfect next step for me.

“During my job at the FA, I’d been lucky enough to work with a lot of coaches and people within the club and I have seen the positive direction the Academy is heading which is something I want to be a part of.

“I’m particularly looking forward to being out on the grass, working with players everyday and I’ll give absolutely everything in trying to help them realise their potential both as footballers but also, as importantly, young people.

Graeme and brother Michael
Graeme and brother Michael
Graeme and brother Michael

“The short-term aim is making sure to improve the programme for the players and helping them to progress everyday and every week, individually and collectively.

“Longer term, it’s striving to deliver a high quality programme whilst contributing, along with the rest of staff, towards making the Academy better.”

Academy chief Steve Harper added: “We are delighted to welcome Graeme to the Academy as he joins us for this very important role.

“A thorough recruitment process was undertaken and Graeme’s passion for individual player development, both on and off the pitch, came to the fore.

“Graeme has over 15 years of experience in coach development and is very keen to utilise this vast experience within a team environment and will be very well supported by new under-18s Assistant coach Chris Moore.

“In his interviews, Graeme emphasised the importance he places on all areas of support for the players within the multi-disciplinary team and his standing within the coaching profession shows this is a significant appointment for the Academy.”