Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce is expected to appoint Steve Round as his number two at St James' Park.
Round was a coach at Middlesbrough when Steve McClaren was in charge at the club and later joined him as part of the England team backroom staff.
Round's playing career was ended by injury in 1993 and he began his coaching career with Derby before moving to Boro in 2001.
Nigel Pearson was the previous number two at Newcastle.
He worked under Glenn Roeder and took charge of first-team affairs for the final game of the 2006-07 Premier League season.