Newcastle United have confirmed their new coaching staff setup following the appointment of Eddie Howe.
Earlier in the week it was reported that Stephen Clemence and Steve Agnew would be leaving the club, having arrived with Steve Bruce in 2019.
And the Magpies have officially confirmed that the Steves are no more. Clemence and Agnew have followed Bruce out of the door.
On the club’s website, Newcastle wrote: “The club would like to place on record its sincere thanks to Steve and Stephen and wishes them well for the future.”
A few new faces have arrived at St James’ Park, with Howe bringing in his own backroom staff.
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The club have confirmed that Jason Tindall is the assistant head coach, while Stephen Purches and Simon Weatherstone join as first-team coaches.
Dan Hedges has also joined the club’s sports science department.
Graeme Jones remains part of Newcastle coaching staff
While fresh faces have joined the coaching setup, some are going nowhere.
In addition to the new arrivals, Graeme Jones, Ben Dawson and Simon Smith will be kept on.
And the decision to keep Jones at the club has caused some debate among fans. Some are glad he’s staying, but others believe he should’ve followed the Steves out the door.
Personally, I’m glad he’s staying. The 51-year-old had a big impact on performances when he first arrived at the start of the year. Jones did so well that he became a part of England’s setup at the Euros.
Newcastle’s performances were very negative, as their run without a win was extended by three games.
But Jones did get two points on the board. Perhaps those points could be vital come the end of the season.
And at the end of the day, Jones isn’t a manager. He’s a coach. That’s what he’ll be back to doing now, alongside a new set of colleagues.
But is it the right decision? Some fans are undecided.