Newcastle boss Steve McClaren yet to secure backroom staff

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The former England manager is still searching for his coaching team as he prepares for the new season.

Unease surrounded Newcastle United for much of last season, with Alan Pardew’s departure, the team’s shocking drop in form and the continuing anger over Mike Ashley’s reign giving an aura of instability around the club.

The Newcastle chairman vowed not to sell the club, however, and promised investment this summer, as reported by talkSPORT.

Steve McClaren was hired on June 10th and in what could be a worrying sign for the Geordie faithful, has yet to put together his support staff.

"I'm looking for the best," McClaren told BBC Newcastle.

"It can be difficult because good people are always working elsewhere. No doubt though, I want my team in by next week, with a good week to 10 days to prepare."

A great deal remains to be done at Newcastle before the start of the new season and McClaren’s failure to quickly gather a team around him could be a bad omen. The squad requires huge investment, with plenty of players no longer fit for purpose, and it remains to be seen whether Ashley puts his money where his mouth is.

It’s vital McClaren prepares well for a new season that has Newcastle facing all of last year’s top four teams within their first six fixtures, and uncertainty over his coaching staff isn’t the ideal start.

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