All you need to know about the Magpies' new assistant manager...
NAME | Greg Abbott
ROLE | Assistant Manager
DOB | 14 December 1963
BIRTHPLACE | Coventry, England
BIO | Abbott’s professional football career started in 1982 with his hometown club, Coventry City, but it was at Bradford City that he made his mark.
During nine years with the Bantams, the former right-back and midfielder made 343 senior appearances and scored 48 goals.
In 1984.85, Abbott helped Bradford to lift the Division Three championship, adding to the Northern Intermediate League Cup title he won as a reserve team player.
A year shy of his testimonial season, Abbott was sold to Division Four outfit Halifax Town for £25,000, where he spent a year before leaving due to injury.
After a short stint in non-league with Guiseley, Abbott returned to the Football League with Hull City, where he played 141 games and scored 18 goals.
After retiring from playing in 1996, Abbott joined the coaching staff at Leeds United, where he worked with the Academy players and experienced a brief stint as reserve team manager.
In 2006, Abbott landed a job as assistant manager at Carlisle United, as part of then boss Neil McDonald’s backroom team.
A year later, following McDonald’s dismissal, he was appointed caretaker manager and won five out of 10 games ahead of the Cumbrians’ appointment of John Ward.
The duo led Carlisle to the League 1 Play-Offs, where they were defeated by Leeds in the Semi-Final but Ward was sacked after 13 months in charge, following a poor run of form.
Abbott again took charge and on this occasion was given the job on a full-time basis in December 2008.
During five years in charge, Abbott’s highlight was his side’s 2011 Football League Trophy triumph.
Abbott will assist boss Shaun Derry with first team matters, following his appointment as assistant manager at Meadow Lane.