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New head coach Ian Macleod ready to create his own Newcastle Eagles legacy

Macleod was hired as an assistant coach to the Eagles six years ago Credit: Newcastle Eagles

It's not an easy job to fill, but someone's got to do it.

Following the departure of Newcastle Eagles legend Fab Flournoy, who recently accepted a job with NBA title-holders the Toronto Raptors, the club have announced their new head coach - and fans will welcome a familiar face from the bench.

Ian Macleod, who was appointed as an assistant coach to Flournoy in 2013, said taking the top job was "an incredible opportunity".

He says he's confident that the team can build on the success of the last 18 years.

Last season, the Eagles secured a top-three finish for the 15th consecutive season in the British Basketball League. The franchise remains the most successful in British basketball history.

On the official website, the club says Ian "has lived and breathed Newcastle Eagles for almost 20 years now and this appointment represents the culmination of an incredible journey with the club."

“I’ve been involved at every level of the club since I was a kid – from volunteering at hour-long community sessions to joining Fab’s BBL coaching staff, it’s been an amazing journey and I’ve seen how this club works at first hand from top to bottom.”

– Ian Macleod speaking to Eagles club writer, Simon Rushworth
Macleod's first game in charge marked a win for the Eagles Credit: Newcastle Eagles

Despite having a tough act to follow, Macleod is confident this season's squad will continue to deliver success for the fans.

He's already guided the hosts to an 86-80 win against Worcester Wolves in his first pre-season game.

American guard Drew Lasker says it's up to Macleod to create his own legacy.

  • Ian Macleod and Drew Lasker look ahead to the season

Where can I watch the Eagles?

The first home game of the season is against Cheshire Phoenix - a team that finished 7th in the BBL Championship last year.

Find out more about how to purchase tickets, here.

The new Eagles Community Arena is located on Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE4 7AF.