McClaren Has Even More Trouble To Deal With At Newcastle

The Mail is reporting that Steve McClaren is having to deal with even more trouble at Newcastle and this time it’s some disagreement between two of his coaching staff.

The Mail reports that psychology guru Steve Black and head fitness coach Alessandro Schoenmaker are not in agreement over training methods.

Black believes the players are doing too much training in the gym which is why they are picking up so many injuries.

steve mcclaren with alesando schoenmaker

Alessandro Schoenmaker and Steve McClaren 

And for his part Alessandro Schoenmaker is not happy that Black is interfering with his coaching sessions.

It seems that McClaren has sided with Black which has not surprisingly made the Dutch coach unhappy.

Newcastle’s injury record has been very poor over a number of seasons but there is no sign at all that it has got any better this season and we are still at the top of the Premier League Injury table.

Here is the current Injury Table where one point is given when one player misses one Premier League game through injury.

inury league

The Dutchman previously worked with McClaren at FC Twente, Wolfsburg, Nottingham Forest and Derby County, but it seems like his methods so far have not worked very well.

steve black closeup at newcastle

Steve Black

It’s an embarrassment that Mike Williamson returned from his loan spell at Wolves and was injured within a couple of days of training this week.

We don’t know if this report is accurate, but it seems the coaches in addition to the players are under tremendous pressure to turn things around and quickly too.

This kind of infighting will help nobody.

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