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Van Der Laan Puts Backroom Staff Together

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Robin Van Der Laan, the new manager of Evo-Stik League South club Newcastle Town, has put together his new backroom staff after taking over from Bob Askey.

The 49-year-old stepped across from the role of director of football to the dug-out but can call upon lots of experience.

The former elegant midfielder came through the ranks at with Eerste Divisie side Schiedamse Voetbal Vereniging in 1987, before moving on to Wageningen three years later.

In 1991, he moved to England to play for Port Vale, where after four seasons, 176 appearances and 24 goals, he was sold to Derby County.

He added sixty-five games and 8 goals to his tally with the Rams before moving to Barnsley in 1998 where he also made sixty-five appearances and scored 5 goals before hanging up his boots in 2001.

Since then he has run his own soccer school in Canada, worked for Manchester United`s soccer schools and then became director of football at the Lyme Valley Stadium.

Remaining with the club are Mark Askey as coaching assistant and John Davies as physio.

Coming in from Hallmark Security League neighbours Eccleshall and returning to the club are Dave Dale and Nick Farrington as assistants/coaches and Richard Farrington as goalkeeping coach.

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