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Meet our assistant manager… Steve Round

Steve Round has today been named as our assistant manager after Rene Meulensteen turned down the position and officially left the club last week.

Round played as a full-back at Derby but was forced to retire when he was 25-years-old due to an injury in 1997. That painful blow left him with an unswerving determination to fulfil his ambitions through coaching.

When Steve McClaren left United to become manager in 2001 he appointed Round, who he’d known as a player at Derby, to his coaching staff. When McClaren then became England manager five years later, Round again joined him in a dual role with the position at Middlesbrough as assistant manager. Now aged 35-years-old, he was the youngest ever coach to be involved with England’s national team.

At the end of the season Round left Boro after a “difference in philosophy and ideas” with new manager Gareth Southgate and joined Sam Allardyce at Newcastle. Half way through that season, 2007-2008, Allardyce was sacked. Round was then headhunted to become Everton’s assistant manager in July 2008, replacing Alan Irvine who got the manager’s job at David Moyes’ former club, Preston North End.

1991-1995: Made nine appearances for Derby before injury ended his playing career
1995-2001: Joined Derby coaching staff
2001-2006: Linked up with former team-mate Steve McClaren to become Middlesbrough coach
2006-2007: Combined job at Middlesbrough with England coaching role
2007-2008: First-team coach at Newcastle
2008-2013: Everton assistant manager
1 July 2013: Appointed Manchester United assistant manager

About Scott

Scott is the editor of Red Matters - 50 Years of Supporting Manchester United and an author of Play Like Fergie's Boys and Not Nineteen Forever. He writes for ESPN, The Metro and Bleacher Report. Follow @R_o_M on Twitter.

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  1. UNITED4Life says:

    So this man had difference in philosophy and ideas to southgate but managed to work with Aladris of all people? what is his football philosophy? if he has any similarity to what aladis believes, that is scary..

  2. Rob in Cannes says:

    Great to have a young guy in a position of authority close to the young players! He should be able to relate to them easier.

  3. Stephen says:

    Hahaha, United4Life just said everythng i thought.

  4. Mr.Chainsaw says:

    ‘UNITED4LIFE’ it’s just a wild guess, but, i’m guessing you mean Allardyce???

    how is it possible to get the spelling of someones name so incredibly wrong, twice, when it’s even in the article you’re commenting on?

  5. Viva United says:

    Sounds like an ok guy

  6. Ash says:


  7. Ash says:

    We should be ready to give our new managers chance to prove. Let us get behind them and not make fun of them

  8. Ash says:

    He cant be worse than Phelan ;) . Sorry but was never a fan of Phelan. But respect to him for the way he handled our team. I hope Round also does the same . No disputes please. No rift in the team. There should be unity present. I am happy Moyes is bringing guys that he trusts and has worked with. It would have been bad if he had bought some new guys after Phelan, Rene and steele were gone.

  9. bayoRed says:

    I’m just holding my breath, we are in for nervy period, hope the transition goes well. Three new men! Its nervy indeed. Maybe its because we are not used to chopping and changing. All things said I wish the new team all the best.
    I have some confidence in Moyce being accepted and being able to get on with the task at hand. However I’m nervous about the rest of his former Everton crew. Would have felt much, much better if we managed to keep Rene or Phelan if not for anything else just familiarity and smooth transition. This is going to be difficult.

  10. United till I die says:

    Any info on our new first team coach Jim Ludlum or whatever his name is?

  11. UNITED4Life says:

    To be fair to the new assistant, i don’t know whether the difference in philosophy is about the type of football they want to play or other matters..Any way what matters is the Manager not the assistant..

  12. Andromeda says:

    I love that serious gesture, anyway I think Moyes and his coaching staff will do their best to bring more success for this club….a band of serious faces, love the prospect:))

  13. Oramu enede says:

    I think moyes and his new staff wil bring succes to utd

  14. aaronDS says:

    may he learn and perform at the highest level now . Moyes wants him . our manager’s thoughts should be undisputible however weird .( not this case , just generally )

    waiting for the first press conference . hope he nails it !


  15. Costas says:

    Good luck to him and the rest of the coaching staff.

  16. Redblood says:

    I like the serious gesture…..needed to face the likes of Mark Clattenburg

  17. Sunny says:

    Scott, where did you get the fact that Rene turned down the position of Assistant Manager?

  18. redninja says:

    Welcome on board!

  19. samuel - united WE stand says:

    Ash – to be fair, you have absolutely no idea as to what phelan may or may have not offered.

  20. LoneStarRed says:

    Ok. I still don’t know anything . He may be great at putting out cones and flags for training but what does he know, who did he learn from , HOW CAN HE HELP US CONQUER EUROPE? These are the things we must have answers to. So far not encouraging…

  21. Shoebahmed says:

    Ash says: He cant be worse than Phelan ;) . Sorry but was never a fan of Phelan. But respect to him for the way he handled our team. I hope Round also does the same . No disputes please. No rift in the team. There should be unity present. I am happy Moyes is bringing guys that he trusts and has worked with. It would have been bad if he had bought some new guys after Phelan, Rene and steele were gone.

    Can you please not say anything then? Not a big fan but liked how he handled the team? Choose one! No disputes please… Then do not say anything..There is no rift in the team than the one you are hoping there is.

  22. LoneStarRed says:

    As you can see, I am not big on youth and enthusiasm. Age and experience .

  23. King Eric says:

    LoneStarRed – Like the very same Phelan who was labelled coneman and a yes man by folk on here?

  24. Cliff Richard says:

    Statement of intent : Barcelona Sign Neymar
    Statement if intent: Manchester City sign Navas..possibly isco?
    Statement if intent: United bid for Leighton Baines (Is it me or did Pat have a blinder this season compared to his last two)

    On a serious note….I think Moyes is already showing that he will do things his way and not follow the sheep i.e us. Plus Bainaldo was last season’s target anyway

  25. stretfordend ole says:

    so let me get this right, Round was handpicked by McClaren to join the Derby coaching staff and during McClaren’s time at Man Utd he clearly kept an eye on Round to ask him to join his coaching staff at Middleboro and Eng. Hand a disagreement with Southgate, who lets face it is one of the worse managers we’ve seen in Eng, and has been involved in producing some of the best young talent currently in the PL.

    Seems to me he’s a young coach with some new ideas and a close working relationship with Moyes, very similar to the relationship Fergie had with McClaren and that wasn’t a bad era in our history was it?

  26. wazzer says:

    Atleast hes working with someone he knows

  27. Dela says:


  28. King Eric says:

    Stretford end ole. Spot on.

    Cliff Richard. Ha top name. Iscos’ joined Madrid.

  29. Rukky says:

    Still the only british champions league team with a british manager. Some club…

  30. nesh says:

    An assistant manager who is younger than some of the players! wow this is serious change! I bet he will be good for the lads. I just hope he can help us play better and adopt to systems that will win us games in Europe as well as home.

  31. rohan_19 says:

    oh common guys. Its just the assistant managers post. I’m not sure he will have too much say, moyes is known to be control freak, bit like fergie in the earlier years..

    Please don’t make it out that rene and phelan were the best footballing minds of a generation, cause they weren’t.. and neither are these guys. but the three work well as a team and that’s more important..

  32. Red Mist says:

    FYI rohan_19 Mullensteen IS one of the best coaches of his generation.
    Widely accepted as one of the very best around, as supported by the testimony of our own players.

    Steve Round?

    Just another guy with no experience. Can’t wait to see his “philosophy” in action….it might go something like this….”Hoof….Long ball.”……”Hoof, Long Ball”……..”Hoof, Long ball”.

  33. Callaban says:

    Bit soon to write him off, give him a chance to work with the players

  34. Scoreboard paddock says:

    comment by joely_the_goaly. (U15498)
    posted 9 hours, 22 minutes ago
    The problem with having both Moyes and Round is that they’re both defensively minded. So sometimes when drawing we would bring on a defensive player and look to hold on for a point rather than going for three

    Quote above from a EFC forum ………….that’s a bit worrying !

  35. Scoreboard paddock says:

    Another forum not really excited about Round becoming Everton manager.

  36. The Truth says:

    Round looks a bit like James Milner. In other words he looks like a cunt.


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