Recently it was revealed that after the Leicester defeat the coaching staff had clashed with players at the Newcastle United training ground.
Now it has been reported that there are major problems between members of Steve McClaren’s coaching team.
The Mail have broken the story and say there are major differences of opinion between motivational coach Steve Black and head fitness coach Alessandro Schoenmaker.
They have clashed over the training methods used at the club under McClaren, with Steve Black said to have interfered with the sessions, which has infuriated the strength and conditioning coaches.
The reports say that Steve Black has told McClaren that he believes the players are doing too much work in the gym and that this has been a major factor in the numerous injury problems this season.
Schoenmaker is said to be disappointed that Steve McClaren has sided with Black, despite having worked previously with the Head Coach at at FC Twente, Wolfsburg, Nottingham Forest and Derby.
However, despite winning that particular argument, when it comes to the motivational speeches given by Steve Black, The Mail report that the players, especially the foreign ones, aren’t inspired or convinced by them and with some of them lasting over an hour, they are also seen as too long.
Looking from the outside, the sheer number of injuries suffered and the lack of motivation clearly visible in the players, it doesn’t look as though either Black or Schoenmaker are doing the greatest of jobs.
However, maybe the most interesting aspect of the story is that The Mail have also revealed the identity of the person behind Steve McClaren’s embarrassing press conferences.
The Head Coach talking round and round in circles, often using the same phrases & words, repeating messages that don’t really stand up to reality. For example, McClaren repeatedly referring to performances suddenly going downhill AFTER Bournemouth, when that was one of the luckiest wins we have ever witnessed.
The Mail say that it is Steve Black who is the mystery media mentor for Steve McClaren. Black tasked by Ashley’s PR people to get McClaren to blur how bad things are by repeating his mantras and using words such as ‘process’, ‘feisty’ and ‘confidence’ – the last of which he used 30 times in his pre-Liverpool press conference on Thursday.