McClaren Having Problems Getting Coaching Staff Together

Newcastle United’s new head coach is having some trouble putting his coaching staff in place at Newcastle, with the news yesterday that former Newcastle coach Steve Round has turned Steve down in the hope he can become a manager in his own right.

paul simpson and steve mccalren derby

Paul Simpson with Steve McClaren at Derby

McClaren has hoped to have his staff together by a week ago, but still no signs of any announcement and time is starting to run out with players expected to start coming back for pre-season training the week after next.

Round has told Steve he wants to be a manager in his own right, and that Newcastle are a great club but he had to say no.

Paul Simpson had been expected to come in from Derby County, but there is news today that he has not been freed from his contract there – although that was the news a week ago – but the Chronicle are reporting there are still contractual issues to sort out.

Bolo Zenden, who’s the Reserve team coach at PSV,  has said he was approached by McClaren to join the Newcastle coaching staff but he’s not coming in.

The latest coach to be mentioned is Kristian O’Leary, who is with Garry Monk at Swansea, and Monk has been very successful in the short time he’s been the manager at the south Wales club.

And even if Kristian wanted to come to Newcastle we would need to pay compensation for him since he has a contract at Swansea.

It seems strange there have been hold-ups in getting Paul Simpson and goalkeeping coach Eric Steele in from Derby because they are free to leave with new manager Paul Clement bringing in his own men – but apparently there are still issues with their contracts at Derby.

Newcastle have also had no success in the transfer market yet, but we are told this may be a big week for Newcastle, but first things first and the main thing is for Steve to announce his coaching team – even if he has to do it one by one.

If he’s already agreed to have some people come in maybe those should be announced.

Fitness guru Steve Black is also expected to join Steve at Newcastle.

It looks from the outside that little progress has been made in building up the coaching staff,  and also bringing new players into the club.

That’s the opposite of what Newcastle and Steve McClaren wanted to do two weeks ago, and while that may not be the case – perception is reality in these types of situations.

After such a disastrous second half of last season, it’s (very) important Newcastle start to show some progress for their frustrated fans – this week.

Comments welcome.

14 comments so far

  • Jib

    Jun 22, 2015 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #1

    Git yore ass back from Malawi and apply to assist the new Supermac !!!!!!

  • Barton

    Jun 22, 2015 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #2

    May be help if Penfold would pay the going rate,its getting more embarrassing by the day,i wonder how Bishop and the trinity mirror group will spin this ?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 22, 2015 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #3

    I think Lee Clark will be approached, therefore giving us a ready made manager who the fans won’t turn on so quickly when Mclaren leaves for Stoke in three years time.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 22, 2015 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #4

    Ha, far happier working with the young kids who have an incredible enthusiasm and appetite for the game, instead of millionaire babies that pass for Premier League footballers.

    On Round, he is an excellent coach, and would have been a great appointment. It was a huge disappointment when he left us after Allardyce was sacked, but he was an Allardyce appointment, and so I guess the writing was on the wall. Not keen on Simpson, unless he really improved during his time working on the continent. Definitely get Steve Black in, although his patience could be sorely tested by the club if he is as outspoken as some of the stories suggest. Don’t know much about O’Leary. Maybe Sampson (England Women’s coach) would fancy getting back into men’s football after this World Cup?

    Would be keen to see a couple of our younger coaches given more opportunities, Bramley in particular should be given more opportunities at least working with the senior players as part of a transition.

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Jun 22, 2015 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #5

    Lee Clark was the first name that came to my mind this morning. But I can’t imagine he’d want to be in the back seat after being in the prime seats.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 22, 2015 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #6

    I did read that somewhere from a few people. They were all claiming that the new assistant will have to have the skill set for a seamless transition to the managers hot seat, when McClaren decides time is right for him to move to a DoF role more suited to being a member of the board.

  • jayphoto

    Jun 22, 2015 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #7

    Think in the case of Simpson and possibly steele they are negotiating their payoffs from Derby?
    To be fair coaching staff are different from players. Newcastle is far north and coaches aren’t paid anywhere near the mind boggling figures players are to move around the country.
    Talk in Holland is Zenden will get the PSV job when cocu moves on… Can’t blame him for staying if thsts true

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 22, 2015 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #8

    I thought Clark had come out and said he was keen to join McClaren’s staff?

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Jun 22, 2015 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #9

    Where is the source that the tea boy won’t pay the going rate? Is it not the case that he doesn’t mind paying the going rate, just not the rate being demanded? Or more likely, the two or three coaches that SM would like are not available at this time.

  • Jib

    Jun 22, 2015 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #10

    After the nightmare that is managing Blackpool I would have thought assisting Supermac would be a blessed relief.

  • Lindisfarne

    Jun 22, 2015 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #11

    Colin Pasco – ex liverpool assistant
    Neil Redfernt- Leeds

    Both out of contract, experienced and have something to prove.

  • mickalfas

    Jun 22, 2015 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #12

    With the rise of the TV money ,everyone in the football world will be expecting pay increases
    It’s going to be an ongoing problem,which the club will have to get to grips with eventually
    Rooney £300,000 a week ? Unreal !!
    Of course the coaches will also want a bigger slice of the pie,
    The lot of them live in a different reality,nothing like the real world

  • dannitoon

    Jun 22, 2015 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #13

    I hear carver n stone are available.. best coaches in league by all accounts…

    Would it surprise you if they returned to NUFC

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Jun 22, 2015 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #14

    Charnley out.


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