Ever since the managerial appointment of David Moyes there has been lots of speculation over who he would have as his assistant and first-team coach. Eric Steele’s successor as goalkeeping coach comes as no surprise. Chris Woods has worked alongside Moyes since the day he took the Everton job back in 2002.
Steve Round was given the role as assistant and Jimmy Lumsden comes in as coach. Moyes has worked with all three for a number of years so he obviously trusts them to do a good job, but the jump from Everton to United is massive. Woods is now working with a goalkeeper who is destined to become the world’s best, not the next Tim Howard.
The Scot told United’s official website: “They bring great qualities in their respective fields and I know that, like me, they feel that this is a challenge to relish. I have great faith that together, we can build upon the success this club has enjoyed over many years.”
Steve Round – Assistant Manager
Starting with Steve Round, our new assistant, who replaces Mike Phelan. The full-back’s playing career came to an end early due to an injury in 1997. Round, 25-years-old at the time, had no other choice but to go into coaching.
Round picked up the injury in his
last ninth appearance for Derby. Months later he joined their coaching staff and stayed put until 2001. In that time, they finished runners up (1996) in the Championship.
The next chapter of his coaching career came following an arrival at the Riverside Stadium, linking up with former team-mate Steve McClaren. A year later he combined the role with a coaching position at England. The national side unsurprisingly won fuck all during this time. Neither did Middlesborough, but they finished runners up in the UEFA Cup a year before he came in.
His next coaching role was his last to date. Sam Allardyce signed him up at Newcastle in 2007. However, Round’s stint at St.James’ Park only lasted a year. He then joined up with David Moyes at Everton as assistant manager and today finds himself in the same position, alongside the same man, but at one of the biggest clubs in the world.
Jimmy Lumsden – First Team Coach
Taking over from Rene Meulensteen won’t be easy. The players enjoyed working with the Dutchman and he is held in high regard by many of the big names in football. Funnily enough, Jimmy Lumsden was appointed first-team coach the same day Meulensteen got a role at Anzhi under Guus Hiddink.
Lumsden began his footballing career with Leeds in 1964. Despite failing to break into the first team, he captained the reserves. Making just four appearances, the Scot was transferred to Southend United in 1970. Struggling to settle at one club, the following six years saw spells with Greenock Morton, St. Mirren, Cork Hibernians and then Clydebank where he retired in 1977.
Having spent six years at Leeds between 1964-1970, Lumsden returned to Elland Road as assistant manager to Eddie Gray. However, his role didn’t last very long. In 1985, he was fired alongside Gray. Management roles at Bristol City and Rochdale followed before going back to the dressing room as first team coach at Preston North End where he was first under the stewardship of David Moyes.
Moyes needed a replacement for Gary Peters who quit Preston in 1998. It wasn’t long before Moyes and Lumsden had the club competing for promotion, reaching the 1999 playoffs. A defeat against Gillingham in the semi-finals meant they were back at route one, but they still came close to making two promotions in a row in 2001, but lost 3-0 to Bolton in the Division One final.
The working relationship between Lumsden and Moyes is obviously very good. He followed the fellow Scot over to Goodison Park when he succeeded Walter Smith as Everton manager. Jimmy then worked as head coach under Moyes and Alan Irvine. Today both reunited at Carrington.
Chris Woods – Goalkeeping Coach
Woods’ playing career was well documented. Completing over 40 appearances with England, the keeper had no shortage of clubs. Nottingham Forrest, QPR, Norwich, Rangers and Sheffield Wednesday to name a few.
In 1998 Walter Smith asked Woods to takeover the development of goalkeepers at Everton. He accepted the offer and remained at the club until 2013 when he replaced Eric Steele at Manchester United. In 2011, however, Woods got another role with the United States national team as goalkeeping coach. This meant Wood was working closer with Everton shot stopper Tim Howard.
Duties changed on 1 July 2013. He is now looking forward to working with David de Gea.