Charlotte FC appoint former Newcastle assistant Mikel Antia

Major League Soccer’s newest expansion team Charlotte FC has appointed Mikel Antia as assistant manager to serve under head coach Miguel Ángel Ramírez.

The former Newcastle assistant joins the team on a three-year deal with his official hire pending receipt of a work visa, the club announced Wednesday.

The 49-year-old Spaniard joins Major League Soccer from Chinese side Dalian Pro, where he served from 2019 to 2021. He previously assisted Premier League side Newcastle United from 2016 to 2019. During his time in England, Antia served under Rafael Benitez, who led the team’s promotion to the Premier League.

“We look forward to welcome Mikel to Charlotte FC. We are very pleased with the coaching team we are establishing for our inaugural season,” sporting director Zoran Krneta said in a club statement.

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