McClaren to be confirmed as Newcastle boss today – after axe falls on Carver

John Carver's departure from Newcastle allows Steve McClaren a freer reign in appointing his backroom staff
John Carver's departure from Newcastle allows Steve McClaren a freer reign in appointing his backroom staff
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Steve McClaren will be confirmed as Newcastle United’s new head coach today – with a new backroom team in place.

The Magpies yesterday cleared the decks ahead of McClaren’s arrival by sacking John Carver and Steve Stone.

Carver’s dismissal came after it was felt he couldn’t step back into his old role as assistant manager, having struggled as interim head coach in the second half of the season.

Former Middlesbrough and England manager McClaren wanted his own men around him, and it was one of the stipulations of him taking the charge at St James’s Park.

He is set to be announced today, along with a new staff. Names in the frame include Paul Simpson, McClaren’s No.2 at Derby and is still contracted to the Rams, and Eric Steele.

Fitness coach Steve Black, who worked with McClaren while he was on the coaching staff at QPR, could also have a role in the new structure.

Dave Billows, who was fitness coach at Newcastle, is also understood to have left the club.

Interestingly, Lee Clark’s name has also been mentioned with the assistant manager’s role. The former Magpies midfielder quit his job as manager at Blackpool and is understood to have applied for the vacant head coach position at St James’s.

Chief scout Graham Carr - integral in the appointment of McClaren - is believed to be pushing for Clark to be brought back to the club and while McClaren hasn’t worked with the Geordie before, he comes highly recommended by new Gateshead boss Malcolm Crosby, who has coached under both managers.