Hopefully Steve McClaren will be announced as the new head coach today, but who his assistant manager will be is a good question, but it seems that two former coaches at Newcastle, 44 year-old Steve Round and 42 year-old Lee Clark are the leading contenders.
David Moyes and Steve Round at Manchester United
Steve Round was at Middlesbrough with McClaren back in 2001 when Steve McClaren was appointed the manager, and he was there until new manager Gareth Southgate came in late in 2006.
Round then joined Sam Allardyce at Newcastle in July 2007, and stayed at the Tyneside club for a year before joining David Moyes at Everton, and then he followed Moyes to Manchester United in the summer of 2013, but left when Moyes was fired in April of last year.
Round joined Derby County as a part-time coach in January of this year – so he could easily make the move back to Newcastle as the assistant manager to McClaren.
Lee Clark – available and want the job
Former Newcastle player and coach Lee Clark is also available, after he left Blackpool as their manager this summer.
Clark was the Newcastle reserve manager in late 2007 when he left to join Norwich as assistant manager to Glenn Roeder and since then Lee’s managed several clubs.
Lee was manager at Huddersfield Town from 2008 until he was fired in February 2012, and in June of that year he joined Birmingham City as their new manager.
Birmingham had a number of money problems, and last October he was fired along with assistant Steve Watson, the former Newcastle player, and Lee joined Blackpool, who were relegated last season.
Lee Clark has been out of a job and a free agent since then.
So those two – Steve Round and Lee Clark would appear to be the two favorites.
Former goalkeeper Pavel Srnicek is said to be keen to replace goalkeeper coach Andy Woodman, who will probably join Alan Pardew at Crystal Palace.
And former goalkeeper Steve Harper is out of a job after his contract at Hull City was not renewed, but we’re not sure if Steve wants to continue playing next season.
Former Clark assistant Steve Watson is also available for a coaching position at his former club.
We should find out today what Steve McClaren’s coaching staff will be – but there are some good coaches vying for the positions, and it looks like Steve will have a good experienced coaching staff at Newcastle.