Steve McClaren has declared he is only ‘Looking for the best’ when it comes to recruiting an assistant manager and other coaching staff, with his expectation that the backroom team will be in place early in the coming week to prepare for pre season training.

That pre season training starts in only 11 days times and in only 3 weeks time the squad fly off to America.

The BBC Sport website publishing these quotes from Steve McClaren the day before Sky Sports carried an interview with Steve Round.

When speaking to Sky today, Round revealed that in the last few days Steve McClaren had been in touch asking if he was interested in coming to work with him again at Newcastle.

Only for Steve Round to tell McClaren that he wasn’t interested, despite only having a part-time coaching role at Derby last season and no other imminent job on the horizon.

This latest knockback comes after both Phil Neville and Bolo Zenden had also made clear to Steve McClaren that they weren’t interested in coming to St James Park either.

McClaren talks about the difficulty of getting good people because they are ‘always working elsewhere’. However, it appears with all three of Neville, Zenden and Round, they aren’t exactly tied down to great jobs at the moment.

Worrying times in terms of Newcastle seemingly not being seen as an attractive destination even for ambitious coaches.

The quotes that the BBC Sport website carried are from an interview Steve McClaren has done with Radio Newcastle.

Steve McClaren:

“I’m looking for the best.

“It can be difficult because good people are always working elsewhere.

“No doubt though, I want my (coaching) team in by next week, with a good week to ten days to prepare.”