Newcastle fans react as club  closing in on appointment of U23 boss Elliott Dickman
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Newcastle fans react as club closing in on appointment of U23 boss Elliott Dickman

Elliott Dickman is reportedly set to be handed the reigns of the Newcastle Under-23 side by the club’s new owners – and Toon fans have responded.

Dickman, 43, has spent 26 years at Newcastle’s biggest rivals Sunderland. But Under-23 gaffer is set to swap Wearside, for Tyneside – as per The Mail.

They report that Dickman has impressed in the interview process – with Newcastle also staging talks with ex-Toon striker Shefki Kuqi over a return.

Newcastle needed to hire an Under-23 manager, after Chris Hogg left the club to become assistant manager at MK Dons in the summer.

Toon icon Steve Harper has since taken over, but not on a permanent basis. Dickman is set to come in, despite being at Sunderland for so long.

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He started off as a player but had to retire at 20 due to injury. Dickman spent plenty of time on the Under-18 staff, before 23’s duty in 2017.

Since his appointment as manager of the second string, he has taken charge of over 100 matches. Newcastle have chosen to add that experience.

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In what is the first serious move made by the club’s new owners, it is somewhat of a surprise that they are set to raid Sunderland for Dickman.

But on paper, it is a move that suits both Newcastle – and Dickman. He needed a step up, and this is the perfect move for him, geographically.

For Newcastle, they are adding a coach on the up – and good back-up in case they ever need an interim boss. Newcastle fans have reacted on Twitter.

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