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.

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