Keegan Will Fight To Keep Steve Round

While Kevin Keegan agreed to let Nigel Pearson go to manage Southampton, reports are that he will be unwilling to let Steve Round go to Everton, if the expected approach from David Moyes comes in the summer.


Steve Round – Keegan will fight to keep him at club

Everton boss David Moyes, has identified Round as his ideal right-hand man at Goodison Park. Moyes has been without an assistant manager since former Newcastle coach Alan Irvine was appointed manager at Preston North End.

Keegan will fight to keep 37 year old Steve Round, who was a full back at Derby County but had to retire early in 1993, at just 23 years old, due to a serious injury. Kevin is now bracing himself for a potential approach from Moyes.

Round worked with Steve McClaren at both Middlesbrough and England, and is very well thought of as one of the most highly-rated young coaches in the English game.

Coach Chris Hughton was recently hired by Keegan with a brief to fix Newcastle’s defence, and the former Tottenham coach was no doubt delighted to see the Magpies record only their fifth Premier League clean sheet of the season against Fulham, and their second under Keegan, and their very first while Chris has been at the club.

Abdoulaye Faye had a commanding display at center-back, and left-back Jose Enrique produced another solid performance and seems to be getting better with every game under his belt.

Back to Round, and the position at Everton is as Moyes’ number two, and we think it will be a step up for Round.  Kevin will have to use all his powers of persuasion to keep Steve at Newcastle, but we hope he’s successful, because by all reports Round is an excellent young coach.

Comments welcome.

9 comments so far

  • SuperShearer

    Mar 25, 2008 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #1

    By the sound of it the only way we will be able to keep Round is by promoting him to Assistant manager. That won’t happen as people are appointing people behind KK’s back.

  • the northern monkey

    Mar 25, 2008 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #2

    It’s people like this we need be keeping a hold of otherwise we will be offering silly contracts to coaches not just players! He seems like an excellent coach and we need solid young coaches not just crusty old has beens someone with a bit more youth. Keep hold Kev and work on our best assets behind the scenes as well as on them

  • Stami - PLAY CARROLL

    Mar 25, 2008 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #3

    i hope we manage to keep him a’Round’ the Toon…:)

  • Leo

    Mar 25, 2008 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #4

    yeah round is a top coach and is young, we will do well to keep him

  • Eric

    Mar 25, 2008 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #5

    The type of ‘backroom’ we need to keep. Tell Moyes to go and jump in the Mersey! Round is one of the few positives Fat Sam brought to NUFC.

  • Leo

    Mar 25, 2008 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #6

    ####does anyone know if there is a restraunt inside st james park? im sure i read somewhere that there was one called harveys’, but i rang the club to find out and the receptionist said she hadnt heard of it… hope someone knows better#####

  • chuck

    Mar 25, 2008 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #7

    Hey! why dont you stick around Steve, who knows could be a very interesting next season.
    Remember the old adage, bird in the hand.

  • iluvnufc

    Mar 25, 2008 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #8

    Leo, I think you will find Harvey’s retaurant at Durham County Cricket Club’s ground at Chester-le-Street. It was opened a few years ago, maybe four or fives years, I don’t quite remember

  • clinta

    Mar 26, 2008 at 12:16 AM

    Comment #9

    if he’s offered the job at everton as expected, there’s no way he’ll stay at the toon. everton are going from strength to strength at the moment and it would be a great time for a young coach like round to get involved in a top six team and european football, sadly these are things no longer attached to nufc, and probably won’t be for some time. a measure of how the league has gotten so much stronger around us while we’ve stayed the same in the past 10 years

    back then an assistant coach at the toon would of never wen’t to be number 2 at everton.


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