Newcastle United confirm departure of former Everton, Aston Villa and Arsenal player

Newcastle United have confirmed that Under-21s assistant coach Kevin Richardson is leaving the club.

Richardson has worked with Newcastle’s academy sides for the past 12-years, coaching at Under-18 and Under-21 level.

The 59-year-old has worked alongside Elliott Dickman with Newcastle’s second-string side.

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The one-time England international midfielder also enjoyed a decorated playing career where he won numerous major honours with Everton, Aston Villa and Arsenal.

St James's Park, Newcastle (Photo by LINDSEY PARNABY/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
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Despite being born and raised in Newcastle, Richardson never played for the club having been plucked from Montagu and North Fenham Boys Club by Everton as a teenager.

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Following confirmation of his departure, Richardson told the club website: "I have very much enjoyed my work at the academy and wish the players and staff every success for the future as I look forward to spending more time with my family after what has been an incredible career.”

Newcastle have confirmed that the search for Richardson’s replacement as Under-21s assistant coach is now under way.