McClaren’s Backroom Staff Hiring Delayed – I Want The Best

Newcastle head coach Steve McClaren hoped to have named his coaching staff at Newcastle before now, and his initial target was to have them all in place by the start of this week.

There was news yesterday in the Mirror that Bolo Zenden will not be joining Steve at Newcastle, and it was from one of Newcastle’s preferred media outlets, so we have to assume the news is true?

bolo zenden

Bolo Zenden – not coming to Newcastle

Phil Neville was also approached by McClaren, but the former Manchester United and Everton midfielder  doesn’t want to return to coaching, as he concentrates on his fledgling career in the media.

Paul Simpson, his assistant manager at Derby County has been released by Derby,  and is expected to join McClaren at Newcastle, and Eric Steele is expected to join the Magpies as the new goalkeeping coach.

If Eric does come in, then it’s expected that current goalkeeping coach Andy Woodman will rejoin Alan Pardew at Crystal Palace, but that his talented 18 year-old son Freddie will stay at Newcastle.

Fitness coach and motivational speaker Steve Black has also been linked with a role at Newcastle.

This is what Steve told BBC Newcastle today:

“I’m looking for the best,” “It can be difficult because good people are always working elsewhere.” “No doubt though, I want my team in by next week, with a good week to 10 days to prepare.”

McClaren seems to be taking his time, and there’s still a couple of weeks to go before the players return for pre-season training.

eric steele

Eric Steele – could be new goalkeeping coach

Steve is trying to get the best team he can get in place at Newcastle, and it should be worth the wait.

We need a very good coaching team in place if we are to do well next season, and we saw just how important coaching is with the complete collapse of Newcastle under John Carver this year.

Comments welcome.

25 comments so far

  • Jib

    Jun 19, 2015 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #1

    Can I just say something

    It seems so blindingly obvious it should not have to be said , however here goes.

    Everyone acknowledges that SM has not even met the players yet , that starts happening on Monday.
    Why on earth should the club be thinking about transfers (IN or OUT) when he has not even taken a training session yet.
    Before the window closes the club has a friendly against the Heed , a mini tour of the USA , then , friendlies against York , Sheffield Utd , and Borrussia Moenchengladbach ,then, 4 Premier League games.That is quite a raft of games to assess our playing needs and requirements.

    Comparing us to Swansea or Liverpool and their transfers is just silly. Both have incumbent managers (Garry Monk has been at Swansea as player ,captain ,and manager for 11 years) ,who have probably known since the Spring what they require .

    SM has been here 5 minutes , get real everyone.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 19, 2015 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #2

    Err, West Ham are now managed by Bilic who has already made signings. Sam had been there a while before last summer.

    Saints still had players left though to assess. Just as we do. It is fairly clear we are goal shy and have a leaky, ageing and injury prone defence. Only the midfield really could pass for waiting until you have seen the players.

    Saying that we need to wait to see the players before transfers would mean waiting until the season is virtually upon us. Players need time to adjust to training, get back to fitness, competitive games are very different from early pre season friendlies.

    If you decide to bring in new players then the team will not have had time to work together and you will be ill prepared for the opening games, where we have a tough run. Not to mention that targets that may have been ideal will either be unavailable, already sold, or have a higher premium because clubs need to factor in getting a replacement.

  • Average_Contents

    Jun 19, 2015 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #3

    Please stop posting your guff. Please.

  • hibbit

    Jun 19, 2015 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #4

    wage demands by players is a massive problem for 99% of clubs but a club like newcastle must be able to at lest match championship clubs with wage offers to coaching / backroom staff ………nufc are making low wage offers with incentives on results with our record who is going to sign up to those terms

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 19, 2015 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #5

    There are videos, match analysis, data, statistics plus information from other people at the club to draw on to decide where we need strengthening.

    Should a club not always strive to improve quality and develop? If we decide to stand still we will end up going backwards whilst others improve – see recent examples such as Stoke, Swansea, Southampton etc. That is blindingly obvious.

  • Average_Contents

    Jun 19, 2015 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #6

    Bullshit of the highest order in defense of the way we are run. What excuses are you going to attempt to use next. Actually, don’t bother you tit.

  • Klam3r

    Jun 19, 2015 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #7


    Kind of agree with you, altough the club could have brought in a marquee signing, or two, without stepping on McClarens toes.

    That said. The total destortion of our transfer this summer by fellow bloggers is funny to watch. I’m forever thankful that they are not running Newcastle right now. Panic should be the last solution, if it is a solution, and it will only create chaos.

    Give it some time. If it is the same one month from now then you can all panic. I’ll join you then!

  • Jib

    Jun 19, 2015 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #8

    Sorry lilo I thought you were talking about last season – you make fair points.

    I think Zenden is still hoping for a call from Gus Hiddink

  • hibbit

    Jun 19, 2015 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #9

    jeffrey spot on about the players but for assessments to take place Mc should have his staff in place now….. we are not going to get the the staff he wants with charnley trying to impose sd contracts

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 19, 2015 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #10

    Of course it would be best if McClaren had an opportunity to work with the players and assess them individually by his own standards, but the poor manner in which the club has been run under Ashley has made that a luxury that we can ill afford.

    If the club had done the right thing in the first place when Pardew left, and appointed a manager available to move the club forward, he would have had months to assess the squad, and we would have been less likely to collapse. This in turn would have meant players would be more willing to move here.

    Our problems are all of the clubs own making.

  • Jib

    Jun 19, 2015 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #11
  • BoyDoneGood

    Jun 19, 2015 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #12

    Jib etc.

    Don’t let the background noise put you off – it’s just Didi and Gogo, puking their puke of a life away in the Cackon country, an alternative universe where Carver is still nailed on, NUFC have been relegated, and Perez, Sissoko and Janmaat have been sold and will never be replaced…

    “…what did we do yesterday evening?”
    “Try and remember.”
    “Do . . . I suppose we blathered.”
    “About what?”
    “Oh . . . this and that I suppose, nothing in particular. Yes, now I remember, yesterday evening we spent blathering about nothing in particular. That’s been going on now for half a century.”

  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jun 19, 2015 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #13

    1) we took too long to appoint SM
    2) it has taken too long to get his staff in
    3) it is taking too long to ‘assess’ the squad, given that we have needed players desperately for SEVERAL WINDOWS. There are still prople at the club who know this and could have sorted at least one or two signings by now.

    Mike Ashley is diliberately allowing nufc to drag their feet so that he has the excuse to not spend 20 pence in the transfer market.

    If people are still defending the way the football side of this club is run, then you need to speak to that doctor who rekons he can do head transplants.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 19, 2015 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #14

    No worries.

    I don’t think people are panicking. I think many fans will skip that stage. It isn’t panic, I think there are distinct emotions at play, but not panic. Some are at a stage of disbelief that this chronic mismanagement is still continuing despite the scares of recent years. Others are angry at the club for what they see as destroying the bond it had with the city and people. Many are now just apathetic, and resigned to a constant stream of mismanagement, striving for mediocrity and struggling to achieve it.

  • mickalfas

    Jun 19, 2015 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #15

    We wasted 6 months with the numpty called Carver ffs
    Can’t help feeling it’s going to be a waste of a whole season
    Despair at this lot !!

  • Deji adesoga

    Jun 19, 2015 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #16


    You should just up mate and keep your opinion to yourself.

    The season we finished 5th,what happened in the summer transfer window?

    We didn’t improve the squad and only brought in Vurnon Anita and oliver kemen.Knowing fully well that will be going to the Europa League.

    We had to battle relegation that season.We brought in 5 players in the january transfer window,something that should clearly have been done in the summer.

    To try and defend the Clowns in charge shows you really like mediocrity.
    They’ve been playing with us for the past 8 years,and the thing is “nothing has changed,and will never change as long as that London clown owns the club”.

    P.S Action speaks louder than words.

  • Mr Magpie

    Jun 19, 2015 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #17

    There appears to have been many reports linking us with different players that we as fans are all getting frustrated about as they have as yet not been signed.

    However the alarming thing is that the players seem to be preferring to go to other clubs than coming here, with already some of our apparent long term targets opting to move to other teams.

    We think that Charnley & the board are failing to get them over the line & i am in no doubt that the penny pinching ways of the board will clearly not be helping the situation but even with money available to spend it appears to be a lot harder than the board thought to convince players to come here.

    With no European football on offer, by all accounts uncompetitive wages & a huge concern on the state & running of the club is it just a case that players are looking at their options & we just aren’t as desirable a destination as we once we’re.

    Maybe our transfer targets are in a similar position to the fans & are waiting to see what happens in terms of coaches & signings before committing themselves to Newcastle….just a thought.

  • mickalfas

    Jun 19, 2015 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #18

    It must have been a 50 year plan !!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 19, 2015 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #19

    Ha ha,
    You know what’s coming next don’t you. Well John Carver is certainly regarded as one of the best coaches around, he worked with Sir Bobby and of course was assistant to Alan Pardew when they achieved that excellent fifth place finish, so after a welcome break and time to assess his future I am over the moon that he (John Carver) has decided to pledge his future here and welcome him to my staff.

  • Klam3r

    Jun 19, 2015 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #20

    Lilongwe Geordie

    I’ve been angry at the club since they hired Pardew and I’ve written things about Ashley I’m not very proud of. Until the last match this season I was apathetic, almost.

    I completely agree with you. Ashley has ruined a lot. The soul of our club is damaged. Last time I visited SJP it was a graveyard.

    My point is we’re only a couple of weeks into silly season. McClaren not hiring the first assistant that pops up(that would’ve been Carver) is not a bad thing. I’m also pretty sure we have control of our targets, at least for now.

  • Average_Contents

    Jun 19, 2015 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #21


    I can’t seem to recall mentioning I live in Liverpool since you’ve graced us with your presence. I also can’t seem to recall you being around when the blog history you so fondly spoke of the other day occurring. Let me guess, long time reader? Are you not intact Jeffery the waste of spunk using yet another moniker?

    Ah yes. It’s you.

    Well done you managed to NOT fool us all again. For the umpteenth time.

    As for your “mate” the spunktrumpet. Why don’t you both go and research why it’s a bad idea to buy players. Oh wait….


    Well said.

  • Jib

    Jun 19, 2015 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #22

    Deji adesoga
    I don’t know where you are from.
    Probably somewhere where free speech isn’t tolerated
    In Europe and the English speaking world people are not told to keep their opinion to themselves.

  • paul6257

    Jun 19, 2015 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #23

    10-14 days to prepare! Mickey Mouse club… Same old Bulls**t, nothing has changed. Can’t even compete with Swansea when it comes to transfers

  • paul6257

    Jun 19, 2015 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #24

    Sorry, 7-10 days

  • one fine day

    Jun 19, 2015 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #25

    Assessing players,
    Utter boll@x.
    Since Maclaren has been nailed on for at least 3 months he has has plenty of time to have a look and the day he. Signed on he should have had a list of who was required.
    Also the rest of the ” board” I am pretty sure watched the utter shite last season .
    So the only reason for the lack of action is because a directive has gone out that we have to sell before we can buy again .
    So already the excuses have started.
    Boy done good ,
    Please just do one Ffs.
    Why do you constantly make snidey remarks about anyone on here because they challenge the clubs hierarchy ?
    Do you even like football?
    You seem to see everything as a balance sheet or the all important pounds per finishing position and r.o.i
    You were ” blathering “on towards the end of the season that relegation was not going to happen and everyone was making a fuss about nothing.. Yet you seemed to go missing for a while until after the west ham game.
    Really fail to see your motivation as you seem to think we should just accept our lot and be grateful we are in the big league .
    Clearly you know nothing about what this club means to a lot of people and when I say ” club” I mean newcastle united not the utter corporate sham that currently occupy NE 1 .
    Surely a man with such self importance has better things to do than waste your time on a supporters blog .


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