Joe Joyce is leaving Newcastle after 15 years as academy director


Joe Joyce leaves the role of Newcastle’s academy director after 15 years amid complaints from his wife about the club’s treatment of their son while playing for U18’s … with Steve Harper continuing the role on an interim basis

  • Sportsmail revealed in February Joe Joyce had been retired from the role
  • His wife had raised a dispute with the club about the treatment of their son
  • Joyce’s son, Sam, suffered a recurrence of an injury picked up in Newcastle
  • His mother does not think the treatment of the injury at the club is sufficient

Newcastle United have confirmed that Joe Joyce has left the club after 15 years as academy director.

Sportsmail revealed in February that Joyce had been pulled out of the role after his wife raised a dispute with the club over their son’s treatment.

Sam was a player in the academy before his release in 2019 and he is now enrolled in a football scholarship in the United States.

Joe Joyce has left Newcastle United after serving as the club’s academy director for 15 years

However, we understand that his mother had filed a complaint against Newcastle after another injury while Sam played for the club.

We were told she felt that the treatment of that injury under the Newcastle watch was not enough. There was also a problem with her son’s academic training while he was at the academy.

And the departure of former Barnsley defender Joyce, 60, has now been confirmed and Steve Harper will continue as interim academy boss until the end of the season.

He was part of Steve Bruce’s coaching staff before Joyce’s departure amid the family’s dispute with the club.

First-team coach Steve Harper has now assumed interim leadership of the club's academy

First-team coach Steve Harper has now assumed interim leadership of the club’s academy