United are ready to officially appoint former Middlesbrough coach Steve Round this week, but he has been recruited to work alongside former assistant manager Nigel Pearson as a first-team coach rather than replace him.
We had hoped that Pearson would stay because we think he’s an excellent coach â€“ and it makes sense for the two of them to work hand in hand â€“ though that’s never particularly easy.
New Coach Steve Round
Sam Allardyce had this to say this morning at the training complex (the squash court) at Little Benton:
â€œThereâ€™s a number of staff members here who have been here a while and know how the club works,â€ â€œThey know what the demands of the club are. I can demand more than theyâ€™ve delivered in the past.
â€œIf I can get that commitment, I can still move the club forward and wait for the right opportunities to get other members of staff to grow it and make it bigger and better. We will all pull in the same direction and learn from each other.
Over the last seven years, the staff have taught me as much as Iâ€™ve taught them and weâ€™ve grown together and been successful at the previous club. Thatâ€™s the model I want to bring to Newcastle.â€
Allardyce had a back-room staff as large as 22 at Bolton Wanderers to help in all areas of recruitment, preparation and conditioning of the players. Sam wants to build a similar (and perhaps even more comprehensive) system at Newcastle. But sensible as ever – Sam has player signings as his main priority at the moment – and there are still a number of players he needs to sign. As usual Newcastle are being linked with multiple players.
Newcastle Boss Sam Allardyce
Newcastle are still pursuing Edmilson, Gudjohnsen, Beye, Young, Shorey and Hyypia – and we have already let seven players go â€“ Moore, Bramble, Srnicek, Bernard, Onyewu, Sibierski and Parker. Babayaro is said to be surplus to requirements and just yesterday 19 year-old South African Matty Pattison does not see his future on Tyneside and has asked for a transfer.
To date we have brought in only four players â€“ Viduka, Barton, Rozehnal and Geremi (for less than â‚¤11M) so we still need another 5-6 players just to keep the squad size the same as last year. The news last night was that the next player joining Sam’s revolution could be 29 year-old Marseilles defender and captain Habib Beye – who would be another good bargain – at around â‚¤2M. If all goes well we also expect Barcelona center-back Edmilson to be joining Newcastle on January 1st next year – but that deal is not yet done from what we can tell.
Sam went on:
â€œIâ€™m pleased to work with the staff here. Iâ€™m looking to increase the operation to the level I had at Bolton over the last five or six years. â€œI have huge amount of confidence in that model and how it works. It has been hugely successful at my previous club and Iâ€™m looking to build that model here as quickly as I possibly can.
As with players, Iâ€™m looking for highly-qualified and ambitious people who can relate to football. Thatâ€™s a rare commodity in the world of football now, itâ€™s hard to find those people.
Weâ€™ve advertised the positions and there has been lots of interest. Weâ€™ve had lots of CVs that weâ€™re working through as quickly as possible. I will be working behind the scenes to structure a series of interviews and get key people in place.â€
As we mentioned in an earlier article yesterday Sam is raiding about one third of Bolton’s current staff and is close to completing packages to bring performance director Mike Forde and head of sports science Mark Taylor to Newcastle. Sam is building for the long term with both players and staff – we like that – and are convinced we’ll see the benefit of it in both the short term and the long term.