Rob Newman is currently head of Manchester City's scouting team.
Newman entered managment with Southend in November 2001 after three seasons in which he had made 85 appearances as a player, following his free transfer from Norwich City.
His professional playing career began at Bristol City, close to his home town of Bradford-on-Avon, in October 1981, and his 484 appearances for the club, ten years, form the biggest single share of his career, which took in over 700 games.
Rob signed for Norwich in 1991, and spent seven years at Carrow Road.
As a player, he was known for his versatility, being able play in midfield, centre-back or as a full back. He even played as an occasional striker.
The favoured position for Newman was as a central defender but he had a skill common among defenders in being a free-kick specialist. He was reputed to have had the hardest shot in England and was the winner of a dead-ball striking competition at Wembley Stadium. His winning shot was measured at 85 miles per hour.
Perhaps the greatest moments in Rob's playing career were the European adventures he enjoyed with Norwich City when the Norfolk club qualified for the UEFA Cup, facing Internazionale of Italy and Bayern Munich of Germany in a thrilling run in Europe.
Coming towards the end of his playing career, Rob spent four months on loan at Motherwell and a further two months at Wigan before signing on a free transfer for Southend in June 1998. Having reached the end of his deal after two years at Roots Hall, his stay at the club was extended and, in October 2001, he was given the task of managing the side following David Webb's departure. With Southend mid table in then League Three, Rob was sacked as the team looked unlikely to make the target of play-off qualification.
Keen to prove a point to himself and others, Rob Newman came back into the game to assist Cambridge United's Caretaker Manager, Ricky Duncan. The two had worked together at Southend. Duncan had been Rob Newman's Youth Team manager before leaving to take up the same role at Cambridge United in April 2002.
After Herve Renard was sacked by Cambridge in December 2004, Ricky Duncan was made Caretaker Manager. Rob Newman stepped in to assist him with the coaching side of the role. Cambridge United, however, were deep in the financial and relegation mire. Steve Thompson was appointed Manager of Cambridge United in December 2004 with Rob Newman as his Assistant Manager. In April 2005, however, Steve Thompson became a casualty of administration and Rob was elevated to the position of manager. He remained manager until September 2006.
He later served as the assistant manager to Kevin Bond at Bournemouth before he joined Manchester City.
Rob is also a graduate of the LMA's Certificate of Applied Management at Warwick University.