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 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.