It is understood that Mike Forde – Performance Director at Bolton – has turned down a new improved contract offer from the club yesterday – and it is looking increasingly likely he is set to join Sam Allardyce at Newcastle.
The other key member of Sam’s back-room staff at Bolton, Mark Taylor, who is Head of Sports Science and Medicine at the club, has already said he is set to join Big Sam at Newcastle.
“Mike and Mark are Coming”
In our piece yesterday on Sam’s back-room staff we knew that Sam was after both key men and that Bolton were attempting to keep Forde by offering him a new improved contract. But it seems the lure of joining Sam again – and building a new infrastructure from scratch at Newcastle – was too much for both of them to turn down.
Another interesting piece of news associated with Allardyce’s potential back-room staff is that Phil Brown agreed yesterday to a new contract with Hull City.
That takes him out of the running to becomes Sam’s assistant at Newcastle.
With Bryan Robson likely to become the Sheffield United manager before the end of the week – we may well see Nigel Pearson leave the club to link up again with Robson.
Robson and Pearson held similar positions at WBA until late last year.
That would presumably leave current Carlisle Manager Neil McDonald as favorite to becomes Sam’s assistant manager at Newcastle.
Neil of course has close ties with the area – being born in Wallsend – and having made 180 appearances for Newcastle from 1983 – 1988 scoring 24 goals.
He finished his playing career at Preston in 1998 and is a young 41 – and would probably jump at the chance to join Sam at Newcastle.
Things are starting to gel nicely – now all we need are some players coming in..