Report: Newcastle United cult heroes Pavel Srnicek and Steve Watson lined up by Steve McClaren for coaching staff

Steve McClaren

The pair are both fondly remembered at Newcastle United.

Steve McClaren is all set to become the new Newcastle United manager this week. This morning it was confirmed that John Carver and Steve Stone had been let go by the club and Andy Woodman is expected to follow them. This leaves McClaren with a job of filling up the backroom staff, which could see a couple of old faces return to St James Park.

It is reported by The Chronicle that Steve Round, Paul Simpson and Eric Steele could all follow him to St James' - the names Pavel Srnicek and Steve Watson were also mentioned.

Srnicek is currently the goalkeeping coach at Czech side Sparta Prague and spent seven years at Newcastle between 1991 and 1998. He went on to play Sheffield Wednesday, Portsmouth and West Ham before having a second short stint with Newcastle in 2006-07 to cover an injury crisis.

He is considered something of a cult hero at the club, not least for his veteran return nine years ago.

Watson started his career at Newcastle. The North Shields utility man played over 250 games for the club before heading off to play for the likes of Aston Villa, Everton and West Brom.

Watson most recently worked under another former Newcastle player in Lee Clark at Birmingham City but would now be keen on a return to St James Park.

Time will tell if wither of these men fit in to the Steve McClaren gameplan.

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