This Could Be McClaren’s Back-Room Staff At Newcastle

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 and steve mccalren 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

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:

Paul Simpson
Bolo Zenden
Alessandro Schoenmaker
Steve Black

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.

Comments welcome.

9 comments so far

  • firebug666

    Jun 16, 2015 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #1

    McClarens back room staff will be made up of:


  • mickalfas

    Jun 16, 2015 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #2

    What about David Copperfield ,hes good at the illusions,and Paul McKenna to lull us into a sense of hope!!

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 16, 2015 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #3

    Hang on, people kept saying that Derby’s bad form towards the end of the season was because their squad was decimated by injuries, but we are keen to bring in their strength and conditioning coach?? Given our track record this is surely a recipe for disaster? Even strength and conditioning coaches with good past records have struggled here….

  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jun 16, 2015 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #4

    None of this matters. SM could bring in Gandalf, but he can’t help if we don’t sign some players. And, even though it’s early days, it is starting to look as if (as most of us suspected) that Mash was talking out of his ar$e.

  • Chris

    Jun 16, 2015 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #5

    Zenden? Really?

    Zenden – the “Groundhog day” thread

  • EllaGuru

    Jun 16, 2015 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #6


    While I fully agree with you that we need significant investment in the playing squad in order to be competitive next season, I fully disagree that none of this matters.

    McLaren needs a team around him that he can work with, that he trusts, and who have the skills to create a positive working environment for the players, both new and existing. Without that, we could bring in Costa and still fail!

  • Jib

    Jun 16, 2015 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #7

    The German press is full of stories about “Das Boot” coming to SJP
    But tucked away in a local Gelsenkirchen rag , right at the end of the article is an admission that NUFC have offered 14million euro for Joel Matip and Schalke 04 cannot confirm he is staying.

  • lesh

    Jun 16, 2015 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #8


    That backroom staff of yours’ll be Charnley’s admin staff!

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Jun 16, 2015 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #9

    I don’t know. I just can’t see things changing much, if at all, with Charnley at the helm. Given that he’s still in his job Ashley must be happy enough with the way he goes about it. Presumably it’s just all about the money, nothing else. I suppose Charnley has been ticking the financial boxes, so “job done” as far as Ashley is concerned. Coaches and players coming and going is really about providing some colour and movement for the imbecile fans, as long as it makes a profit – that seems to be the philosophy


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