Steve Round is currently on the coaching staff of the England national team.
But it seems that he will be a good appointment at Newcastle because as well as being young at 36 – he is already a big believer in the scientific approach to football.
So Sam and Steve should be able to work well together as they fathom out the weaknesses of the opposing sides.
As a player, Round (born November 9, 1970 in Burton upon Trent) was a full-back with Derby County, before being forced to retire early through injury – after only nine league appearances. He joined Derby’s coaching staff, and it was there that he first worked with future England manager Steve McClaren. When McClaren was appointed Middlesbrough manager in 2001, he appointed Round to his coaching staff.
McClaren was named England head coach in 2006, and one of his first moves was to appoint Steve Round to his back-room staff. Round continued with Middlesbrough in a dual role until 15 December, 2006, when he left the club by mutual consent following a difference in philosophy and ideas with new manager Gareth Southgate.
He has now been appointed Assistant Manager at Newcastle United to work with Sam Allardyce – and it is understood that Steve will continue his duties as England coach. That’s good for Newcastle because Round will have first hand experience of working with the England players should we at some stage want to pursue any of them. Round is already a big believer in Allardyceâ€™s scientific approach to modern day football and ProZone, which the Newcastle boss uses to cancel out the opposition.
It is not understood at this time whether Nigel Pearson â€“ who was head coach under Glenn Roeder â€“ will stay at Newcastle United â€“ but since Allardyce likes to work with a big staff there is still a possibility Pearson could stay. That will depend also on what coaching role Sam will offer him at the club. Nigel is currently involved with the England Under-21 squad and if he stays will similarly have first hand experience of working with the England Under-21 players should we at some stage want to pursue any of them â€“ a similar advantage to what Round has with the full England squad. So we’ll be covered for both young and old – at least as far as England players are concerned.
We think it’s possible that both Round and Pearson can work with Allardyce at Newcastle – but we’ll need to wait to see what Sam decides. But with Mark Taylor and Mike Forde also teaming up again with Big Sam – things are starting to look good as far as Sam’s important back-room staff is concerned.