Steve Bruce has added to his coaching staff, with Steve Harper returning to Newcastle United.
The former goalkeeper has been appointed as a first team coach, tasked with creating a link between the senior side and the academy.
Harper was previously a goalkeeper coach for the academy, but left that job in May. The 44-year-old is now back with the Magpies, working alongside a manager he has history with. Bruce was Hull City manager during Harper’s two seasons with the Tigers.
Despite his brief spell at Sunderland, Harper is well liked at St James’ Park, and his testimonial in 2013 was a really fun occasion. The former goalkeeper spent a lot of his days at Newcastle as a back up stopper, but he always remained loyal to his local side.
Harper goes straight into the action and will travel with the team for Monday’s Premier League clash with Aston Villa. That means there’ll be another Steve on the touchline, alongside Bruce, Steve Agnew and Stephen Clemence.
How many Steves does it take to get a win at Villa Park?
Fans welcome Harper back to Newcastle
Great to have you back @steveharper37 👌🏻
— Kev Wood #NUFC ⚫️⚪️⚫️⚪️ (@Kevwoodh24) November 22, 2019
It’s it only Steve’s that get hired now?
— Bedford_Mag (@labpedro) November 22, 2019
So many Steve’s
— Jamie (@Jamie78668715) November 22, 2019
Just when you thought you couldn’t get anymore Steves… they’ve gone and done it!
— Anthony (@ir0nMonkie) November 22, 2019
— DaveH (@DavidHeppell10) November 22, 2019
This could get somewhat confusing #Steve
— Josh Reed (@jonasreed18) November 22, 2019
Congratulations and welcome back home @steveharper37. The return of the people’s elbow 💪
— Adam Essay (@EssayAdam) November 22, 2019
— Dave (@diewithregret) November 22, 2019