There’s news on the Derby County web-site that Paul Simpson – Steve McClaren’s assistant manager at Derby County – will leave the club on July 1st and that prompts the question whether he will be joining Steve McClaren at Newcastle – and it certainly looks like it.
When Ian Cathro was rumored to be coming in as assistant manager, we wondered if that would be the case or whether Ian would come in as the first team coach – and that may be what happens.
Paul Simpson looks likely to be the assistant manager.
Paul Simpson and Steve McClaren at Derby County
This is the Derby County statement about Paul Simpson.
Derby County wishes to this evening announce that Paul Simpson will depart from the club’s employment from 1st July 2015.
Simpson took up the position of First Team Coach in September 2013 following the arrival of Steve McClaren.
President & Chief Executive Sam Rush said: “Paul Simpson leaves Derby County with our thanks for his contribution to the club, both as a player and also on the coaching staff.
“We wish Paul every success for the future in his coaching career.”
As previously stated, announcements relating to new coaching staff appointments will be made in due course.
Now that it’s been made official the path is now clear for Steve McClaren to finally announce his coaching staff.
Maybe we will hear about that tomorrow – since the players report back to training on Wednesday
Here’s the article we wrote a couple of days ago about what the new coaching staff could be – and this is what we guessed at that time:
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 would be an excellent coaching staff and one of the unknowns is whether Andy Woodman will stay on as the goalkeeping coach or whether Eric Steele will come in.
We think Eric will be the new goalkeeping coach at Newcastle.
It would be great if Newcastle can announce the new coaching team tomorrow.
Note: Congratulations to the England woman’s side on reaching the semi-finals of the World Cup – it could be an England – USA final.