|Full name||Edward John Ikem Newton|
|Date of birth||13 December 1971|
|Place of birth||Hammersmith, England|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Chelsea (assistant manager)|
|1992||→ Cardiff City (loan)||18||(4)|
|2008–2009||Milton Keynes Dons (assistant manager)|
|2009–2011||West Bromwich Albion (assistant manager)|
|2012||Chelsea (assistant manager)|
|2015–||Chelsea (assistant manager)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Edward John Ikem "Eddie" Newton (born 13 December 1971) is an English former professional footballer and was the assistant manager of Premier League side Chelsea to manager Roberto Di Matteo before he was replaced by Rafael Benítez. In December 2015 he was reappointed as assistant manager to interim manager Guus Hiddink.
As a player, he was a defensive midfielder from 1990 until 2001 notably for Chelsea where he scored in the 1997 FA Cup final. He also played in the Football League for Cardiff City, Birmingham City, Oxford United and Barnet and in the Conference National for Hayes. He also earnt two caps for the England U21 side.
Newton was born in Hammersmith, London. After making his way through the Chelsea youth system he was loaned out to Cardiff City in January 1992, making his debut in a 4-0 win over Chesterfield. Unfortunately Cardiff fell three points short of a play-off place and Newton returned to Chelsea. He played for Chelsea in the 1994 FA Cup Final, but his foul on Denis Irwin in the second half saw him cautioned and led to Manchester United receiving a penalty which was scored by Eric Cantona. He then made a defensive error which allowed United's Mark Hughes to make it 3-0.
Chelsea went on to lose 4-0 but United had won the double to qualify for the European Cup, allowing Chelsea to play European football for the first time since the 1970s with a place in the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup. Newton was part of the team that reached the semi-finals of the 1994-95 competition and also the semi-finals of the 1995-96 FA Cup.
Newton scored Chelsea's second, clinching, goal in the 1997 FA Cup final to seal a 2-0 win over Middlesbrough. He won the Cup Winners' Cup and League Cup with the club a year later, but was thereafter hampered in his quest for a starting place by injuries and manager Gianluca Vialli's signing of French World Cup-winning midfielder Didier Deschamps.
He joined Birmingham City in July 1999 on a free transfer before spending short spells at various lower league clubs, including Oxford United and Barnet. He later retired due to a knee injury and converted to Islam.
Management and coaching career
A few years after finishing his football career Newton went to coach a kids school football team at Mount carmel primary school, Ealing, London. He was the head coach and coached many different age groups, including former goalkeeping legend Dave Beasant's nephew, Delroy. He also trained Joel Baker of St Saviours.
On 2 July 2008 Newton was appointed assistant manager to Roberto Di Matteo at Milton Keynes Dons. A year later, on 30 June 2009, Di Matteo was appointed head coach of West Bromwich Albion and it was reported that Newton would be joining him at the club as assistant head coach. When Di Matteo was relieved of his duties in January 2011, Newton also left the club.
On 5 March 2012 it was announced that Newton would be joining the back room staff at Chelsea, supporting Roberto Di Matteo. Di Matteo had just taken over as interim Head Coach at Chelsea following the departure of André Villas-Boas. In his short time as assistant manager at Chelsea he has won the UEFA Champions League and FA Cup. He currently helps to oversee the progress of Chelsea's youth players.
References & notes
- Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2001). The 2001–2002 Official PFA Footballers Factfile. AFS. p. 222. ISBN 9780946531349.
- "Where are they now? Eddie Newton". The Observer. 11 May 2008. Retrieved 30 June 2009.
- "Di Matteo is new Albion boss". Express and Star. 30 June 2009. Retrieved 30 June 2009.
- "Roberto di Matteo wants Chelsea 'passion' after Villas-Boas exit". BBC Sport. 5 March 2012. Retrieved 5 March 2012.
- "Eddie Newton joins Chelsea as part of caretaker manager Roberto Di Matteo's backroom staff". Daily Telegraph. 5 March 2012. Retrieved 5 March 2012.