McClaren putting together back room staff, no room for Lee Clark

Steve McClaren

The former Derby boss is set to return to Pride Park to recruit Paul Simpson as Newcastle assistant.

Steve McClaren is presently recruiting his coaching team at St James's Park, according to the Shields Gazette, as he begins his life as Newcastle United manager.

Though there had been rumours that Magpies legend and former Huddersfield boss Lee Clark was set for a role in the new management setup, the Gazette are reporting that McClaren is instead set to return to Derby County to recruit his assistant, as the former England boss seeks to continue his working relationship with Paul Simpson.

The former Manchester City and Derby player came in when McClaren took over at Pride Park, and is now set to take the reigns as his deputy at the North-East giants, despite still being under contract at the Rams.

Fitness coach Steve Black is also said to be joining the Magpies, but Clark is set to miss out on a role, despite volunteering his interest earlier in the week,

“I’m an ex-player at Newcastle, I’ve been a manager and a coach, but whether Steve wants me to be part of his set-up, we’ll just have to wait and see," Clark is quoted as saying by the Gazette

“For any lad who has been connected with the club, you would love to be part of it in any way, shape or form.”

Unfortunately for the former midfielder, who spent 11 seasons at St James's Park as a player, beginning his career and retiring there, it looks like McClaren is set to snub his offer.

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