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 – 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 – 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.