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.Â 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.