The Daily Mail is reporting today that Steve Round’s move to Goodison Park, as David Moyes’ new assistant manager, has been held up over a specific contractual dispute between the two clubs.
Steve Round – Newcastle had one year option on his contract
It’s something we couldn’t understand initially because Steve’s contract at Newcastle ran out on June 30th, and therefore how can Newcastle possibly be seeking compensation?
But apparently Newcastle are saying they had a one year option on Steve, who joined Newcastle last summer,Â and therefore we suppose are saying he legally is at Newcastle for another year.
It’s a tricky point and seems to us a little ridiculous if that holds things up for too long.
An Everton spokesman said today:
“There is an issue over an option on the contract and the clubs are in ongoing discussions over a solution.”
“We believe it is something that can be sorted out to allow the appointment to be made.”
Moyes and Everton have been given permission to speak to Round, and Everton would like to hire their new assistant ahead of the return to pre-season training next Thursday.
But Chelsea and Twente, who Roundâ€™s former colleague, mentor and England manager, Steve McClaren, became manager of earlier this week, are also in the hunt for his services, although Round is said to be very keen to join Everton.
We’re not sure why Steve is leaving Newcastle, but we’ve got to think it’s because he’s looking for opportunities in pastures anew, and certainly one of our former coaches Alan Irvine, did well at Everton under Moyes, who’s an excellent manager.Â Alan is now managing Preston North End.
It looks like Round himself thought his deal expired at the end of June.
I know we are trying to cut expenses at the club, but this seems a little too far to go, as far as we understand the situation.
Steve Round will leave Newcastle, so we have to believe Kevin Keegan will have a new coach, who could presumably could be appointed even before pre-training starts next Monday.
We hope this situation with Round gets itself sorted out, sooner rather than later.