Steve McClaren has named his 5 man backroom staff at Newcastle United.

Following the exclusive unveiling of the new Head Coach to only preferred media partners, this time the news has came out via an email to supporters.

In the email, Ian Cathro is confirmed as Assistant Manager whilst Paul Simpson is named as the new first team coach.

Both appointments were widely reported in the press last week but with no official confirmation.

In addition, Alessandro Schoenmaker is named as fitness coach, with Steve Black working as a consultant.

Once again both were named in the press over the last week.


Making up the handful of backroom staff is Andy Woodman who remains as goalkeeping coach.

A relief to finally get the coaching/backroom team over the line.

A bit strange the delivery of the message but no harm in it, though obviously it is a product of the PR department rather than McClaren himself.

The email promises further similar updates including one before they fly off to America in 9 or 1o days time.

Let’s hope that one is naming five new star signings.

The email below that was sent to fans: