Newcastle Seem Ready To Let Round Leave

There are strange goings on, with one of our coaches Steve Round, whose contract at Newcastle expires at the end of this month.


Steve Round – has not been offered a new contract at Newcastle

The club has presumably not offered Steve a contract extension, so we seem to be set to lose a key member of Kevin Keegan’s back-room staff.

Everton are reported, in the Newcastle Journal today, to have made a formal approach to take Steve to Goodison Park.

Round’s future at St James’ Park has been shrouded in uncertainty all summer, but the young coach, who is just 37,  is highly thought of in the game, so unless Kevin has another coach he is going to  bring in, who he already has lined up, we find this all a little strange.

The former Middlesbrough and England coach has been waiting for a new deal at Newcastle since January, and the lack of progress on a new contract has to be interpreted as a willingness for the club to let him go. That’s the way these things work.

It may also be a better offer for Round from Everton, than what he’s getting at Newcastle, although we don’t know that for sure.

Round had worked closely under Steve McClaren at Derby, Middlesbrough and England – and joined Newcastle last summer as Sam Allardyce’s assistant.

Maybe Kevin is thinking of trying to attract Peter Beardsley back to the club in a coaching role.

Since he returned to the club in January, Kevin has said there’s only one club Peter should be working for, and that’s his home town club, Newcastle United.

Beardsley left Newcastle in 2006, when Glenn Roeder took over as the permanent manager of the club, as he thought Newcastle should be going in a different direction, and now Peter has a media job.

We’ll have to see what transpires in the next week, but since training starts on July 7th, and if Round leaves, we expect  Kevin to be ready to move quickly to bring in a new coach.

If it’s Peter Beardsley, that would be just fine with us.

Comments welcome.

24 comments so far

  • broon ale

    Jun 27, 2008 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #1

    the last of the Allardyce legacy if he moves on.

    as for peter beardsley. he works at boro with the kids.

  • Graeme

    Jun 27, 2008 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #2

    Beardsley would be a good appointment to work with the kids – his work ethic was always great and his enthusiasm is well known.

    Does he have the coaching badges?

  • Rob Kirton

    Jun 27, 2008 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #3

    Peter Beardsley currently works at NUFC in a PR role, or at least was last time we met. The difficulty in bringing him back to the coaching side lies with Terry Mac.

    Have Terry and Beardo kissed and made up?

    Beardsley was removed from a coaching role at the NUFC academy after he was accused of bullying Terry Mac’s son.

  • Kash2

    Jun 27, 2008 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #4

    I never really rated Steve Round anyway. I think he’s another one of Steve McClarens hype!

  • Frankieboy

    Jun 27, 2008 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #5

    Don’t know what the Mclaren clone was brought here for anyway.
    he has same mentallity to the negative defensive game of the ginger prick both at the Smoggies and England. Exactly why fat sam brought him to the club, to preach the dross which we were subject to the first part of last season.
    He is in the game living off McLaren the same way Mclaren did off Fergie.
    Shite…get rid before we end up having to buy out his future contract.


    Jun 27, 2008 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #6

    I would love Pedro back but we are losing one of our proper training ground coaches

    According to Owen and Gerrards books, Pedro was like Terry Mac didnt take training sessions or do anything in the day to day work, He was more behind the scenes working on the tactical, selection, scouting side.

    We will need a proper practical coach to replace round as much as i love Beardsley.

    With Ince, Southgate, Pearce, Adams, Clark, Flowers ETC. Coaching and Managing, I honestly believe Al will be itching to get back into it because he isnt right for sitting with Hansen moaning about defending set pieces.

    The fact that Shearer has done his coaching badges, suggests Match of the day aint a long term plan for him.

    Shearer working soley with the strikers like Dean Saunders did would be amazing for the youngsters like Spear, Carroll, Zamblera, Baheng as they would listen to and take in every word and who better to insprire young lads with bags full on potential to get to the top.

    He would Also be good for Martins and Smith who have the talent yet still arent anywhere near the finished article and with some tips and expertise from the big man, both could be vital assets for us.
    (Wait for Abuse for suggesting Smith should stay).

    I would still love Beardo back as well like and We need to see Pavel back as Keeper Coach.

  • broon ale

    Jun 27, 2008 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #7

    yes beardsley does the PR side on match days but keegan confirmed on the radio phone in that he is employed at boro working with the kids.


    Jun 27, 2008 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #8


  • Pete

    Jun 27, 2008 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #9

    It’s cos he’s got Fazackerly lined up. He got fired from citeh. I’d bet my house on it

  • Sav

    Jun 27, 2008 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #10

    Reports on Round seemed good, so I couldn’t give a cuss if he’s ‘linked with McLaren’ – a good coach is a good coach and last time Everton poached a coach it was another really good one in Alan Irvine.
    But Derek Fazackerly is likely to leave ManC now and KK could well fancy having his old buddy back in the dugout.

  • Leo

    Jun 27, 2008 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #11

    high rated coach, but a defencive one maybe kev is trying to change the ethics at our club to a one of pure attack

    it would not suprise me if that was the case, which attacking coaches could we bring in if not beadsley?

  • Punk Skunk

    Jun 27, 2008 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #12

    Get Pedro back hyem, where he belongs!..
    …I’m pretty sure he’s got his badges, as one of my mates did his with Pedro here down south a year or 2 back, btw, he said he was a top gadj(he didn’t use that term, he’s a gooner) & it was a pleasure to graduate with the great ‘Peter Beardsley’…
    …What is it with everton?..1st irvine, now round, they must really like wor coaches?..

  • Sav

    Jun 27, 2008 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #13

    Yep, first its hubcaps, then wor Carr and now wor coaches!

  • Punk Skunk

    Jun 27, 2008 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #14

    LOL!.. 😀
    …Sav, that’s a well thought out gag mate!..

  • Nick Dryden

    Jun 27, 2008 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #15

    Round is a long ball FA clone – we are well rid of him. It’s a great chance for Nobby Solano to come and up the technical skill training which we seem completely devoid of. Nobby could also have a lot of contacts in South America and Spain.
    Craig – Smith has talent !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    pray god you never ever get a job as a scout for the toon.

  • The Entertainers

    Jun 27, 2008 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #16

    Not sure what Round brought to the club, but that somethimes is the case with coachs.

    Having said that i thought our defensive performances went up with the arrival of Haughton, so there are always exceptions.

    There are plenty of coaches out there and i am a believer in bring former players back and giving them a chance:
    Rob Lee, Les Ferdinand, David Ginola!!!

    Oh the passion they would bring

    Back to reality, Beardsley not having somepart in Newcastle coaching setup is bloody criminal.
    Shearer ditto!

  • The Entertainers

    Jun 27, 2008 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #17

    Great shout for Solano……scouting the America for us if he decides to go back

  • Len

    Jun 27, 2008 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #18

    If hes a protege of McLaren & Allardyce its no wonder we want to let him go. And it gets better, to our arch rivals for 5th place.


    Jun 27, 2008 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #19

    Why Solano after he said he couldnt return for Family reasons.

    And yes Smith does have talent as we saw when he and Viduka on more than one occasion gave us a nightmare during their leeds days.

    Alex Ferguson would never have bought a talentless player for £7m, There is a player in there somewhere, it dont know whether he can get it back or not but maybe the right coaching and motivation its possible.

  • gorskino10

    Jun 27, 2008 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #20

    Well hes been approched by Everton so i wouldnt blame him if he left.

  • Rob Kirton

    Jun 27, 2008 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #21

    Craig: “Why Solano after he said he couldnt return for Family reasons.”

    You’re right. Solano has a tricky family situation going on. One in London and the one in Newcastle he left behind. If you ever wondered why his lass threatened him with divorce papers !!!

    Pity. I would love to see him back at the club in a coaching capacity

  • Nobby's Dad

    Jun 27, 2008 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #22

    I’m led to believe through a friend who knows Round (he lives in Darlington) that he has been offered a contract but he wants to move.I’ve never asked her to ask him why – but it’s a bit worrying.

  • figsdad

    Jun 27, 2008 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #23

    pedro does work for newcastle i went to his talk in a few weeks back and here is the proof.

    he had to come straight from the training ground that evening…

  • The Entertainers

    Jun 27, 2008 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #24

    I think the thinking behind the solano chants are that one day he will return to his native home and when hes does scout for us, simple.


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