There was news earlier today that Ian Cathro will be named as the Newcastle assistant manager at Newcastle, and news in the Chronicle tonight is that Alessandro Schoenmaker will be named as Head of Sports Science.
Schoenmaker held the same position over the last year at Derby County and he has also worked with Steve at FC Twente, Wolfsburg and Nottingham Forest .
Steve McClaren – head coach at Newcastle
So Steve McClaren has got to be close to naming his backroom staff, with Steve Black coming in as the new fitness guru – and Steve will replace Dave Billows, who was our fitness coach last season but his contract has not been renewed at Newcastle.
It was one of our worst seasons ever at Newcastle for injuries, and that impacted the side big time throughout the season.
Eric Steele is also expected to come in as the new goalkeeper coach.
What we’re not sure about is whether Paul Simpson will come in from Derby County as the assistant manager and Ian Cathro could come in as the first team coach rather than as assistant manager
So this could be the new coaching team at Newcastle
Steve McClaren – head coach
Paul Simpson – assistant manager
Ian Cathro – first team coach
Eric Steele – goalkeeping coach
Steve Black – fitness coach
Alessandro Schoenmaker – Head of Sports Science
That looks a very good team, and one area we have to improve is our injury record – because last season was an absolute nightmare because of our injuries.
If Steve can announce his coaching team tomorrow it will be a positive move forward for Steve McClaren and Newcastle.
Then we have to get down to the business of getting new players into the club.
What do you think?