|Playing position |
Name Simon Smith
|1978–1982 Newcastle United|
|Full name Simon Timothy Gordon Smith|
Date of birth (1962-09-16) 16 September 1962 (age 53)
Place of birth Newton Aycliffe, England
Simon smith working with west ham academy goalkeepers
Simon Timothy Gordon Smith is a former footballer and currently working as the head goalkeeping coach for Newcastle United. He replaced Andy Woodman, the last of former manager Alan Pardew's staff.
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- Playing career
- Coaching career
Simon smith soccer highlights 2014 2015
Smith began his professional career with Newcastle United in 1978, spending four years there before moving on to Whitley Bay and then Gateshead, where he played 501 games, including a run of 405 games in a row, over a ten-year period. He also signed as a non-contract player for Carlisle United, Sunderland and again Newcastle United.
Smith returned to Newcastle United in 1993 as a goalkeeping coach, working firstly at the Centre of Excellence and latterly as Academy goalkeeping coach working with goalkeepers from the age of 8–19.
In the summer of 1999, Smith became first-team goalkeeping coach working under Ruud Gullit and Sir Bobby Robson. He was Sir Bobby Robson's goalkeeping coach over a five-year period, coaching in the Premier League with goalkeepers Shay Given, Steve Harper, Lionel Perez, John Karelse and Tony Caig.
On 16 September 2004 Smith handed in his resignation and left the club. He was replaced by Roy Tunks.
Smith has since worked for the Football Association as the goalkeeping coach to the England under-19 and under-17 teams and as a goalkeeping scout identifying and reporting on current and possible England goalkeepers. He has also worked as goalkeeping coach to the women's national football team.
After successfully completing a B.A. Sports studies degree in 1995, Smith also set up his own goalkeeping coaching company, Simon Smith Goalkeeping. In 2005, Simon Smith Goalkeeping joined forces with Bobby Charlton Soccer and Sports Academy to provide a specialist coaching programme and specialist staff.
In 2006 Smith moved to Vancouver to undertake a year-long secondment to research the biomechanics of goalkeeping, during which time he worked as a consultant to the Canadian Soccer Association, working with the senior and under-20 national soccer team. He also worked in the MLS with Frank Yallop at the LA Galaxy, working with goalkeepers Steve Cronin and Kevin Hartman.
On 17 July 2007 Smith joined Carlisle United as a part-time goalkeeping coach. On 5 August 2008 he was replaced by Dave Timmins because the club wasn't satisfied with his only part-time involvement at the team.