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