Newcastle United have sealed 'huge' Mason signing - Dinnery

By Ben Dinnery

12th May, 2022 | 1:35pm

Expert: Newcastle United have sealed 'huge' Liam Mason capture - 'It would collapse without him'

New Newcastle United Head of Sport Science Liam Mason will play an integral role in the behind-the-scenes team at Darsley Park.

That is the view of injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.

As reported by iNews last Friday (6 May), the Magpies have pinched Mason from Blackburn Rovers to head up their sports science team.

It is understood that the Magpies are also interviewing candidates for a new first-team nutritionist to work alongside Mason, who wracked up eight years of service in East Lancashire.

Dinnery explained just how multi-faceted Mason’s new role is.

“It’s a huge, huge role,” he told Football Insider’s Adam Williams.

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“Ultimately, it falls on him to ensure players are supported and that they are implementing periodisation.

“He’ll also need to identify and implement the right load for players. It’s a fine balance between being ready to compete and being overworked. In terms of injury rates, that’s huge.

“You’re putting together a multi-disciplinary team. You need to make sure all these parts are working harmoniously together.

“It’s also a job where your work will change on a day-to-day basis. Gone are the days when everyone was on the same programme. Players have tailor-made sessions perhaps to address certain weaknesses in their bodies.

“It doesn’t matter what kind of budget you’ve got, if you can’t get things right away from matchdays, then it’s all for nothing. It would all collapse without that.

“He’ll also be involved in pre and post-match recovery and conditioning sessions. Those sessions can be anything from on-field stuff to injury prevention sessions in the gym.

“You’re looking after various age groups as well, not just the first team. It’s an absolutely huge role that covers a multitude of things. Nutrition, hydration, and recovery as well.”

Previous head of sport science Callum Walsh left in December last year after just five months in the job.

Newcastle Rehab Fitness Coach Cristian Fernandez also departed two months earlier.

In other news, Newcastle told to accept “big” Allan Saint-Maximin offer amid “uncalled for” development.