A born and bred Geordie, Goalkeeping Coach Eric Steele has worked with some of the biggest names in British football in a long and distinguished career that has taken him all over the world.
One of the first exports from Wallsend Boys Club, a hotbed of North-East talent which has produced the likes of Alan Shearer, Peter Beardsley and Michael Carrick, Eric joined Newcastle at the age of 18, having already been capped by England at youth level.
Steele left St James' Park in search of regular first team football, which he played at Peterborough under former United captain Noel Cantwell. After two promotions with
the Posh, Eric joined Alan Mullery's Brighton in 1976. Two promotions later, he went to Watford under Graham Taylor, and again sampled promotion to the old First Division as well as UEFA Cup football.
He left Vicarage Road in 1984 to join Derby County, before retiring five years later. Shortly after retirement he began coaching goalkeepers part-time, and took on a role at the Baseball Ground. Steele then joined Leeds United, and was part of the coaching staff when they pipped United to the 1991/92 First Division title.
Two years later, Eric started the first of two spells at Manchester City. At this point he