If Chris Hughton thought he had enough on his plate to bring in new players over the summer, with precious little money available, he also has to bring in at least a couple of new coaches.
Chris Hughton – earning his money
Youth coach Kenny Wharton left the club a couple of weeks ago and before the end of this week it looks like Newcastle-born Alan Thompson will leave to join up with his former team-mate Neil Lennon at Scottish giants, Celtic.
And even before we knew these two were leaving, Newcastle were operating rather thinly at the coaching level, and only last January did the team bring in player reinforcements, that were sorely needed.
We understand Chris is off on vacation at the moment, and if anybody deserved to have a good and relaxing one, it’s Chris, after his magnificent work for the Newcastle club over the last year.
There are some good coaches out there of course, who would be only too happy to come to Newcastle, and word today is that former Middlesbrough coach Martin Scott is being linked with Newcastle United.
Scott played at Sunderland before injury forced him to retire early in his career, and he went on to become youth team manager at Hartlepool United.
Martin indeed managed the first team for eight months and was then assistant manager at League Two club Bury, and he holds the UEFA Pro License.
Scott joined Middlesbrough as an under-18 coach in July 2007, and then took over the Reserve team 12 months later.
But early last month Scott had his contract terminated by Gordon Strachan, along with both the goalkeeping coach Stephen Pears and first team coach Colin Cooper.
The Newcastle Journal is reporting that Scott is a leading contender for a role on Newcastle’s coaching staff.
The Reserve team and Academy coaching positions are important at the Newcastle club, because of all the top young talent that will need to be brought through the ranks over the next several years.
Chris will certainly be having a busy summer.