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I'm not in this game for fame-Blackie.

Steve Black works quietly away from the glare of the spotlight with many top sports stars.

However it remains a strict secret - until and unless they wish in the end to render a public thank you.

"It was Joey and Danny who made our relationship public knowledge," explained Black-k ie. "I don't do that. It's not the reason I'm in business.

"For example I worked for many years with Theo Walcott (below) without anything coming out. It's known now, maybe, but it wasn't for an "Awful long time.

"And that's the way it is with a lot of others."

The area Black wanted to concentrate upon with Walcott was finishing.

"Sure, Theo was a supreme athlete, lightning quick, but he didn't score enough goals," Steve told me.

" "He would think too muchand hit the keeper. He was also obsessed with passing to Van Persie. All he wanted to do was a high-five with Robin after he had scored.

"I wanted Theo to get his fair share. It's important for an attacker.

"I wanted him to see and be aware of the goals all the time and, right enough, we got him up from a single-figure goalscorer in a season to well, well into double figures."

Down a considerable " number of years Blackie has worked up close and personal with the likes of Kevin Keegan, Lee Clark, Paul Bracewell, Glenn McCrory, Steve Watson, and Craig Quinnell as well as being employed by Newcastle Falcons., Newcastle United, Sunderland, Fulham, Huddersfield Town, the Welsh national rugby side, and Graham Henry's British Lions of 2001.

"He was the glue that held the players and the management together on that tour," insisted Rob Henderson, an ever-present in the Test series and one of many to benefit from the input, experience and presence of the one-time Newcastle bouncer and now full-time merchant of motivation.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jun 24, 2014
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