Newcastle United boss Steve McClaren is finding it harder to fill his backroom staff then he imagined he would.
He has most recently been turned down by his long-term friend and former assistant Steve Round. It seems as though people are not keen to take a job at St James' Park, given their recent history of mistreating their employees.
Newcastle did have a full backroom team before McClaren signed the dotted line.
It was widely anticipated that Steve Stone and John Carver would keep their jobs and become McClaren's assistants, but it wasn't to be, with Newcastle clearing the decks with their staff.
McClaren has already been in touch with Steve Round and Bolo Zenden about the assistants job at St James' Park, unfortunately neither worked out.
The most recent news reported by the Chronicle is that Newcastle are have approached Steve Black for the job. Black is a former assistant to Kevin Keegan and would be pretty popular among the Geordie community because of this.
Black is not primarily football though, even though he did work with Keegan at St James' Park, he is more rugby based. He worked for the Newcastle Falcons and Wales RFU as a coach. He is renowned in the rugby world for his fitness training and motivational skills.
This means he could be exactly what Newcastle need as there biggest problems last season were a lack of motivation coupled with poor fitness levels.
Black has previously worked with McClaren after the duo crossed paths at Queens Park Rangers. There have been tributes paid to Black as he is good friends with Newcastle Falcons and England legend Jonny Wilkinson, as well as Newcastle United former favourite Joey Barton.
Barton was quoted to say: "If I had met Steve when I was 21, I'd have been England captain.
"That's my belief
"He helped me embrace what I'm about, the good and bad."
So, Joey Barton seems to like him and I firmly believe that he plugs the holes that Newcastle United have at the moment. He would be a great acquisition for Newcastle, fingers crossed it comes off.
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