Coaching Staff Taking Shape – Includes Top Fitness Guru

There’s a report in the Shields Gazette today that Steve McClaren wants to bring his former Derby County assistant manager, 48 year-old Paul Simpson, to his coaching staff at Newcastle, to be his assistant manager.

And the report suggests that means that old boy Lee Clark will not be joining the coaching staff at Newcastle.

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Paul Simpson with McClaren at Derby

Steve Round was also in the running to be the assistant manager, and he’s been a part-time coach at Derby since January, and Round was Steve’s assistant manager at Middlesbrough for six years – so it looks like he may miss out too.

Paul Simpson is under contract at Derby County, but not surprisingly he is said to be very keen to join Steve on Tyneside.

Simpson has some management experience having managed at Rochdale, Carlisle United, Preston North End, Shrewsbury Town, Stockport County and Northwich Victoria, before joining Derby with McClaren two years ago as the assistant manager.

And the other (very) good news is being reported in the Mirror, that fitness and conditioning guru and motivational speaker Steve Black is also ready to join Steve McClaren at Newcastle.

Hopefully Black can help prevent all the injuries we keep getting, and our players also need some inspiration after going through the second half of the season when a lot of them didn’t seem to want to play – so bad were their performances.

Steve was born in Newcastle and attended St.Cuthberts Grammar School.

And more good news is that Black has a very good relationship with Charlie Austin having worked with Harry Redknapp at QPR.

Newcastle are after Charlie as our number one target right now, and it’s understood if Black joins Newcastle that would be a huge draw for Austin, and it’s said to be one of the reasons he’s willing to sign for Newcastle, according to today’s Chronicle.

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Steve Black – conditioning guru – motivational speaker – Geordie

Harry Redknapp said that Steve Black had a huge impact at QPR in many ways, and it would be a bit of a coup for McClaren and for Newcastle if we can get him to Newcastle – his home town club.

Steve Black coached England Rugby player Jonny Wilkinson, who has said this about the Geordie guru:

“It is difficult to narrow down what Blackie’s strengths are because there are no weaknesses.”

“His class is his ridiculous knowledge, his thirst for gaining more and his ability to apply it all to an athlete.”

“Blackie treats everybody as an individual and has always found the best way to help me to get better,  just by being myself.”

It seems Steve McClaren is going to have a very good back-room staff at Newcastle.

Sounds (very) good to us.

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