Newcastle United may be set to make a key appointment to Steve McClaren's coaching staff in the coming days, after Paul Simpson was confirmed to have left his position at Derby County by the Rams' website.
The 48-year-old has long been rumoured to link up with McClaren since the ex Middlesbrough boss took up the reins on Tyneside, by the likes of the Mail.
Derby president and chief executive Sam Rush confirmed on Sunday that the former Rams midfielder has left Pride Park, with ex Real Madrid assistant Paul Clement eager to bring in his own staff.
“We wish Paul every success for the future in his coaching career.”
Simpson, who became first team coach in 2013, also spent five years at Pride Park as a midfielder in the middle of the 1990s.
Where does Simpson fit into the Newcastle setup?
It looks like being a new look coaching team at St James's Park under McClaren, with drastic changes going on at the club when it comes to backroom staff.
McClaren himself has already landed himself a position on the board alongside chief scout Graham Carr and club ambassador Bob Moncur, and there are expectations that former Valencia assistant Ian Cathro will be the former England man's number two, according to the Chronicle.
With John Carver and Steve Stone departed, Simpson may well be heading to Newcastle as another assistant or as a first team coach, while a host of other Derby men such as Eric Steele, Lee Glover, Steve Taylor and Alessandro Schoenmaker would also be available having been released by the Championship club.
Derby have said that they will make coaching announcements in the near future, and surely Newcastle are set to do the same.