Shay Given backs Steve Harper to be Newcastle's next goalkeeping coach on Twitter

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The former Newcastle United goalkeeper has backed his fellow ex-Magpie stopper for the role.

Shay Given believes former Newcastle goalkeeper Steve Harper would be perfect for the role of goalkeeping coach at St James' Park.

Indeed, Given, who spent several years as Newcastle's no.1, had Harper as his able deputy during his time on Tyneside.

The veteran has since played for Aston Villa but has now joined Stoke City. He still has a view on old club Newcastle, though, and believes Harper is the perfect replacement for Andy Woodman, who was confirmed as Crystal Palace's new goalkeeping coach on Friday afternoon.

Woodman is another of Alan Pardew's former Newcastle staff to have moved south, with Yohan Cabaye, who used to turn out for the Magpies, joining Palace this summer.

But could Given be onto something with his Harper suggestion? The 40-year-old is currently without a club and could use all his playing experience and links with the Geordies to benefit the Tyneside outfit.

As a coach, Harper is naturally not as experienced as he is in the playing department. Given seems confident, however, and the 39-year-old has Newcastle's best interests at heart. Would Steve McClaren go for Harper or will he have someone of his own in mind?

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