Newcastle United appoint Leicester City's King as new Senior Physio
Written by Simon Austin — February 1, 2024
JONNY KING is leaving Leicester City after two-and-a-half years to become Senior Physio at Newcastle United.
The role is to replace Head Physio Danny Murphy, who left the Magpies at the start of the year after 15 months. The move will reunite King with manager Eddie Howe and assistant Jason Tindall, with whom he worked for almost a decade at Bournemouth.
King was Head of Academy Sport Science and Medicine for the Cherries from 2012 to 2014 and their First Team Physio from 2016 to 2021. He joined Leicester as First Team Rehab Physio in July 2021.
Newcastle United’s medical department is headed up by Dr Paul Catterson and includes Senior Physio Nathan Ring, Physio Dani Marti and Head of Rehab Sean Beech.
Leicester’s medical department has undergone significant change in recent months. As TGG reported yesterday, physio Ed Richmond is leaving after two years to join Chelsea.
In addition, Head Academy Physio Dan Dagia has been appointed Head Physio for Aston Villa Women. Dagia joined the Foxes in December 2015 as an Academy Physio and was promoted to Head Academy Physio in May 2021.
However, Leicester insist that the departures prove the quality of their staff - and point out that they are actually strengthening their medical department, with plansto add an extra first-team physio, taking the total number to four.
They are currently advertising for a First Team Rehab Physio and a First Team Physio, while the recruitment process for a Head Physio will begin shortly. The club are also advertising for a Head of Academy Physiotherapy Services, who will effectively replace Dagia.
Leicester's medical department is led by Simon Morris, the Head of Medicine, who joined in June 2023 after 12 years at Burnley. Gary Silk is the club's other first-team physio and has been with the Foxes since 2013.