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Steve Round becomes third person to turn down NUFC Assistant Manager job and Steve McClaren

7 years ago

Following on from Phil Neville and Bolo Zenden, Steve Round has become the third person to turn down the chance to be Steve McClaren’s assistant at St James Park.

Despite only having a part-time coaching job at Derby Count last season under McClaren, Round says that he wants to wait and see if something better comes along, with ambitions of being a manager/head coach himself.

Steve Round told Sky Sports that Steve McClaren contacted him this week to ask if he would be interested in the job but he gave him the brush-off.

Formerly having worked with McClaren at Middlesbrough, Round says that teh new Head Coach has a really ‘tough job’ to turn Newcastle around and has to ‘rebuild the club’.

Steve Round talking to Sky Sports:

 “We spoke a couple of days ago and asked if I’d be interested, but he also knows it is not what I want to do next, I want to be a head coach or a manager.

“That is no disrespect to Newcastle as I worked there for a year with Big Sam (Allardyce) and Kevin Keegan, it’s a magnificent club with great supporters, but at the moment I don’t think I’ll be joining them.”

Tough job for McClaren;

“To be a head coach or manager is my number one target. If that doesn’t happen in the coming months I will have to drop back to being a number two or coach, I have got no problems with that.”

“Steve has got a tough job. After last season he’s got to rebuild the club, so it is a tough job, but it’s also a great job. With him sitting on the board he should be able to implement the changes he needs to implement.”

Never mind trying to sign players, Newcastle United and Steve McClaren are finding it a massive job to even get somebody to come in as assistant manager.

What should be seen as a great opportunity has now been knocked back by Phil Neville, Bolo Zenden and Steve Round, three people who aren’t even at the level of assistant manager at a lower league club, at the moment.

It does really make you wonder what deal is being in front of these people when they don’t see coming to Newcastle United as a great opportunity, even if they were only doing it to put themselves in the public eye. Showing what they can do in the hope of landing a better club and/or a manager’s job.


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