It looks like Paul Simpson will be joining Newcastle’s head coach Steve McClaren as his assistant manager, after Derby County have agreed to release him from his existing contract at Derby.
That means that Newcastle will not need to pay any compensation for Paul, who was assistant manager to McClaren over the last two years at Derby.
Paul Simpson with Steve McClaren
It had been rumored over the weekend that Newcastle didn’t want to pay any compensation to get Paul away from the two years he still had left on his contract at Derby, so it looks like Newcastle have been able to do that.
McClaren is trying to bring together his backroom staff as soon as possible this week, and it looks like Bolo Zenden, the former Dutch International who played for him at Middlesbrough, will also be joining Newcastle as a coach – as we had reported over the weekend.
Alessandro Schoenmaker – conditioning coach
There is also news today that McClaren could bring in Derby’s conditioning coach Alessandro Schoenmaker, but it looks like fitness guru and sports psychologist Steve Black could still join his back room staff.
The new name in the mix today is Alessandro Schoenmaker, so if Steve can get all his targets in it looks like his backroom staff could be the following:
Apparently there are other candidates still being considered, one of which could be new to coaching, but the above staff would be a (very) good coaching staff at Newcastle, with Steve in the lead.
Once McClaren gets his backroom staff in this week hopefully, they will have just over two weeks to prepare for the players returning for pre-season training at the beginning of July.
But before that happens we also need to get some players through the door to strengthen the squad – and we lost nine of the last eleven games last season.
That would suggest we need to signficantly strengthen the squad if we are not going to be in trouble again next season fighting relegation.