Steve McClaren Announces Strong Coaching Team


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 alesando schoenmaker

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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38 comments so far

  • toon22

    Jul 2, 2015 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #1

    Finally a positive statement.

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  • Tsunki

    Jul 2, 2015 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #2

    Ashley Out!

    There’s a positive statement

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  • JamesToon

    Jul 2, 2015 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #3

    Bit more positive now. Time to get the signings in, quality not quantity. Top priorities are CB, Winger, striker and playmaker

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  • Tsunki

    Jul 2, 2015 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #4

    Strong coaching team. And that boys and girls is where it ends….

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  • scout

    Jul 2, 2015 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #5

    Nice training kits do they make them for men?

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  • Belfast

    Jul 2, 2015 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #6

    Put a winter sock in it Skunki!

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  • Shaker Shakrah

    Jul 2, 2015 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #7

    This is really really a very good Coaching Team

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  • scout

    Jul 2, 2015 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #8

    Mcclaren seems a genuine guy. Good luck to him

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  • Belfast

    Jul 2, 2015 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #9

    Breakthrough next week (again)

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  • mickalfas

    Jul 2, 2015 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #10

    And when they have finished polishing the coals ,we’ll still have fcuking coals
    I fcuking despair at the lot of them!!
    Charmless is a tawt of the highest order,and needs to leave !!

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  • Belfast

    Jul 2, 2015 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #11

    Would be even better if we add a proper goalkeeping coach.

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  • optimistic prime

    Jul 2, 2015 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #12

    In Schteeves letter I noticed it said they be back in touch before the Heed game.

    Should I assume transfers?

    Any idea what they’d have to say?

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  • Tsunki

    Jul 2, 2015 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #13

    Snippets of the MacMail – part one :

    it is so important that the right players come through the door. However long that takes

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  • optimistic prime

    Jul 2, 2015 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #14

    Young Woodman can’t be that good we have to give his dad a job.

    Will his mother be the next tea lady then take owa from Penfold?

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  • MidlandsMag

    Jul 2, 2015 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #15

    Dear Dr Harrison

    “and they seem a step up from Alan Pardew and his coaching team”

    The Pardew out crew, as you impolitely called us, were right after all.

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  • lochinvar

    Jul 2, 2015 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #16

    Ballotelli – haha , no way. He’s an idiot and will make the club subject of even more ridicule. Why not get Ranger back and they can run riot together.
    Laughing stock – we would be.
    Sign some footballers not night club prima donnas.
    Good to see the coaching set up sorted though.

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  • NezzaNUFC

    Jul 2, 2015 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #17

    Impressive coaching team but we still need a GK coach who can teach the GK to pass the ball instead of hoofing it to the opposition.

    And on Balotelli, hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

    These journos come out with some shit, next will be Hazard then Sterling.

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  • Tsunki

    Jul 2, 2015 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #18

    I can hear George Harrison singing” it’s gonna take tiiiiimmmee….. a whole lotta patience and tiiimmme…it’s gonna take patience and time,
    To do it, to do it, to do it, to do it
    To do it to do it right, Child….”

    And then we’re promised regular ‘updates’ not from some pre scripted pr lackey but from the HTC himself!

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  • Tsunki

    Jul 2, 2015 at 10:46 PM

    Comment #19

    HC not HTC. That would make him simply a mouthpiece HA!

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  • Shadow_Shearer

    Jul 2, 2015 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #20

    Will we stop getting so many injuries now that we have two top fitness coaches?!?!

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  • lochinvar

    Jul 2, 2015 at 10:48 PM

    Comment #21

    Saudi Arabian billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal has said he will donate his $32bn (£20bn; €29bn) personal fortune to charity.
    The 60-year-old nephew of King Salman is one of the world’s richest people.
    He said he had been inspired by the Gates Foundation, set up by Bill and Melinda Gates in 1997.

    Is a needy cause the same as charity ?
    Could someone please give him Ashley ‘s mobile number

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  • mickalfas

    Jul 2, 2015 at 10:49 PM

    Comment #22

    Players in= as long as it takes !
    SM =puppet !!
    Bishop must write his emails
    Email’s, ycmip

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  • Tsunki

    Jul 2, 2015 at 10:49 PM

    Comment #23

    Aye Midlands Mag, are we the ‘McLaren In’ mob now?

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  • NezzaNUFC

    Jul 2, 2015 at 10:51 PM

    Comment #24

    Also guys did you know that SM plays a two part 4-3-3?

    He plays a style where in defensive or controlling phase it’s a flat 4-3-3 ( 3 CM – 2 Winger and 1 striker )

    In attack the 4-3-3 converts into an attacking 4-3-3 ( basically a 4-2-3-1 with an AMC )

    He used this system at Derby with Hughes being the central midfielder pushing up into AMC when attacking.

    Cabella, Sissoko and SDJ can play these roles though Sissoko and Colback would probably play the outer wide CM with Cabella and SDJ playing central due to creativity.

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  • NezzaNUFC

    Jul 2, 2015 at 10:56 PM

    Comment #25

    1. Coaching staff in.

    2. This is the new financial year ( so the books are balanced.

    3. time for recruitments.

    It’s taken me a month but it all works out right 😉

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  • NezzaNUFC

    Jul 2, 2015 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #26

    Silent on here tonight!

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  • Munster Mag

    Jul 2, 2015 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #27

    Delighted that we have a new coaching team in place for the first time in years. Excited about this. Dont want to urinate on chips, but my best mate, a devout Forest fan, said Schoenmaker is crap and the Forest players hated him. Now given that most footballers are dumb, I’m not too worried, but still……BTW, without wishing to stick up for Pardew, but in the interests of fairness, who says his pre-season coaching was crap. How do you know. I remember Pardew coming in and the Chronicle saying how great he was, analysing opponents and putting a game plan in place on a monday with visual messages all around the training area about weaknesses etc. I also remember reading that he was a great student of management and read extensively about American Football managers etc. Anyone remember all that? I was never happy with how certain guys on here blamed Pardew for everything except global warming so lets be fair all around eh ?

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  • mickalfas

    Jul 2, 2015 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #28

    What’s next ,pay a pound per email for information about transfers
    Clueless bunch of numptys!

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  • Ibizatoon

    Jul 2, 2015 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #29

    Tsunki…Are you finding this all a bit sureal? Some jump from the days of O..well, you know where I’m going I’m sure.

    In part I understand the desire of fans to want it to be so. We all want a successful club. I really am struggling to understand why it seems so many are lapping this up like some great stride forward.

    I should add that I do wish Steve well and hope that he does splendidly – of course – but it wasn’t that long ago on this very blog that the idea of McLaren was a big no no for many fans. I believe there was even a poll.

    Add to that, we’ve basically got Steves backroom staff from Derby, who despite promise, failed in Newcastle proportions towards the latter part of the season. Well, maybe not quite Newcastle proportions.

    Cathro and Black seem decent appointments and worthy of some optimism imo, but overall this does all feel like people not just trying to make the best of a mediocre situation, but hyping it up into something it’s not.

    Have you figured out why yet? It’s got me puzzled. Obviously it doesn’t apply to all and no offense is meant. It’s just sometimes I read the blog and ask myself whether the past 8 years have actually happened?

    A joyous bit of input from Ibizatoon, no? 🙂 It’s been a lovely day, so I’ve come to share some joy with you all.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jul 2, 2015 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #30

    Can someone who is well informed tell me why this coaching team is strong?

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  • mickalfas

    Jul 2, 2015 at 11:14 PM

    Comment #31

    Remember ,19th richest club in the world lol!!

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  • Ibizatoon

    Jul 2, 2015 at 11:14 PM

    Comment #32

    Munster…As you know, I was never Pardews biggest critic.

    He showed a quite a bit of nous in certain areas of his management imo. However, in equal measure, he had some serious flaws.

    Creativity was one of them imo. Trying to look at things from Ashleys persective, probably, his biggest mistake was not finding a way to get better coaches working with Pardew.

    Perhaps it was Pardew who didn’t want different coaches in.

    Anyway, can’t we let him be now. It just isn’t relevant anymore. It’ll be time to start assessing what McLaren can actually do soon.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jul 2, 2015 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #33

    It’s strong because carver and stone are not there, simple really.

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  • Belfast

    Jul 2, 2015 at 11:16 PM

    Comment #34

    Was that Jespers poll? Aye that was a farce.

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  • darrylwe

    Jul 2, 2015 at 11:18 PM

    Comment #35

    Is Beardsley still there ?

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  • Belfast

    Jul 2, 2015 at 11:19 PM

    Comment #36

    Is there any footballer who likes the fitness coach Munster? The bloke who makes you run and then run and then run some more..

    I wouldn’t be to keen myself.

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  • lesh

    Jul 2, 2015 at 11:38 PM

    Comment #37

    There’s something about these emails – and I don’t know what – that suggests that Steve McClaren’s got himself more power than he had when he joined.

    You’ll note that the announcements weren’t made through the Preferred Media Partners but issued to fans in McClaren’s name.

    He also seems to be talking about ‘the right players’ HE wants in.

    I wonder whether there’s been some frank discussions among the so-called ‘Board’ that’s brought on this relative avalanche of communication from the Club.

    Let’s hope Charnley’s had a kick up the backside too!

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  • Sav

    Jul 3, 2015 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #38

    Looks like nothing other than a ticket sales drive which Chinless has roped Mac into because of his own dismal failure to identify and persuade a player to sign for the club. Mac should learn to leave all that to the little waster himself and keep a healthy distance from the regime at NUFC.

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