Steve McClaren sent out an email to fans tonight revealing what his coaching staff appointments are at Newcastle, and Steve has put together what looks like a very strong coaching team that includes Paul Simpson, Ian Cathro, Alessandro Schoenmaker and Steve Black.
We may not have any players into the club yet ,but the coaching staff is good – there’s little doubt about that.
Steve McClaren with Alessandro Schoenmaker
Here is the announcement that was put out on the Newcastle web-site tonight:
Steve McClaren has confirmed the appointment of his new coaching team in a direct email to supporters.
Alongside goalkeeper coach Andy Woodman, who remains at the Club, the Magpies have confirmed the arrival of Paul Simpson, Ian Cathro, Alessandro Schoenmaker and Steve Black.
Paul Simpson and Ian Cathro have been appointed as McClaren’s assistant coaches. Simpson joins after leaving Derby County, while Cathro has recently returned to the UK from a similar position at Valencia CF, who finished fourth in Spain’s La Liga last season to achieve UEFA Champions League qualification.
McClaren is also joined by fitness coach Schoenmaker, who has previously worked under him at FC Twente in Holland, VfL Wolfsburg in Germany and at both Nottingham Forest and Derby County in the Championship.
Steve Black returns to the club in a consultancy role after previously working with the Magpies in the 1990s. Renowned for his work with leading athletes including Jonny Wilkinson at Newcastle Falcons, Black has also worked with Wales RFU, the British and Irish Lions and a number of football clubs.
That’s basically the coaching team that was expected, and there was a question as to whether Andy Woodman would stay on as goalkeeping coach or whether Eric Steele would come in.
But we suppose Andy staying will help us keep Tim Krul on board this summer.
The other question was what titles Paul Simpson and Ian Cathro would be given, since both were supposed to be the assistant managers.
But in the new language that goes with the position of head coach – they are both assistant coaches.
That’s a strong coaching staff Steve has put in place – a bit late – but they are all good coaches and they seem a step up from Alan Pardew and his coaching team.
But we are about to find out.
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