Speed Looks Set to Join Allardyce at Newcastle

There are multiple reports today that Sam Allardyce will raid his back-room staff at Bolton and bring quite a few of them to Newcastle with him.

As far as head coach and/or assistant manager goes – there are two names that keep cropping up – and have links to Newcastle in the past.

One is Gary Speed – who has played over 500 games in the Premiership and is tipped one day to be a top coach.


Gary Speed at Newcastle

Gary Speed has played for four clubs – Leeds, Everton, Newcastle and is currently still on the playing staff at Bolton Wanderers.

He was recently appointed first team coach at Bolton – when Sammy Lee was appointed manager last week – after Big Sam’s resignation.

It will be interesting to see if Gary is willing to leave Bolton to come to Newcastle – having just been appointed at Bolton to his very first coaching appointment.

We hope he will – because we feel he can turn out to be an excellent coach (and manager) one day – maybe even pairing up in the future with close friend Alan Shearer – but that’s just a dream right now.

Obviously it will be a bigger job at Newcastle than at Bolton – and Gary’s wages will be higher – but we know Gary is a gentleman – and he may not be willing to break his ties right now at Bolton.

Gary has been with for Bolton for three season since leaving Newcastle in 2004 – when we brought Nicky Butt in from Manchester United.

It is an understatement to say we have missed him on the field.

The other person linked to joining Allardyce as his number 2 is current Carlisle manager –Neil McDonald -this is Neil’s first season as a manager.


Carlisle manager -Neil McDonald

Wallsend-born McDonald has already described his former Reebok Stadium mentor as the perfect man for Newcastle following Glenn Roeder’s departure and
became one of Newcastle’s youngest-ever players when he made his first-team debut at 16 for Newcastle – after leaving Carlisle as a youth player.

One of his greatest ambitions is to one day rise to the top job at St James’ Park, and he has just completed a successful first season in management at Brunton Park.

Mike Forde is Bolton’s innovative performance director and was a key man to Allardyce at Bolton – Mike has recently been given an improved contract and the newly created position of general manager, in an attempt to keep him at Bolton.

Forde had been at Bolton with Allardyce for eight years – and during that time, he has kept at the forefront of technological developments by studying the working methods of other sports.

Allardyce is very keen on bringing Forde to Newcastle – but it will be hard to hire all these people from Bolton – surely Bolton will have some say in the matter – particularly with manager Sammy Lee just taking over.

We’re not sure what will happen to our current coaching staff but we would expect Lee Clark to stay in charge of the reserves but there may be no place in the group for Nigel Pearson or Terry McDermott.


Newcastle Coach – Nigel Pearson

This is what Nigel had to say yesterday – on his Newcastle future:

“Transitional periods are always potentially very disruptive, and this is no different.  It has only been a week, but it has been a long one.”

“It has not been particularly easy. Aside from what you know about my future, there is not a great deal to add at this point.”

That’s some of what’s happening behind the scenes at Newcastle – and there’ll be a lot more this coming week – your comments are always welcome.