Former Chelsea And Barcelona Star Could Be McClaren’s Assistant

There’s news in the Mail today that Steve McClaren could make Bolo (Boudewijn) Zenden, the former Barcelona, Chelsea, Middlesbrough, Liverpool and Sunderland winger his assistant manager at Newcastle, and if that happens it would be a surprise.

zenden with Rafe Benitez

Bolo Zenden  was assistant to Rafa Benitez at Chelsea

The Dutchman had an excellent playing career and played at seven different clubs and played 537 total games with 68 goals, and also played for Holland 54 times with 7 goals, and he started his career at PSV Eindhoven.

Newcastle and Sir Bobby Robson tried to sign the then 24 year-old left winger, before he signed on at Chelsea back in 2001.

It was thought that Steve could possibly bring in Paul Simpson, his assistant manager at Derby County, and former Newcastle player and coach Lee Clark was also thought to be in the running.

Steve McClaren had signed Zenden for Middlesbrough back in 2003, and Bolo scored the winning goal in the 2004 League Cup final against Bolton Wanderers, while he was initially on loan at Boro.

Middlesbrough  had gone 2-0 up after only 7 minutes when Zenden scored their second goal with a penalty, and they hung on well to  win the game 2-1, and that win gave Middlesbrough’s their first (and only) major trophy in their long 139 year history.

Zenden only retired four years ago from playing,  and the Mail reports the 38 year-old been working at his first club PSV.

Zolo has certainly played at some of the top clubs in the world – and no – we are not talking about Sunderland.


Zenden worked as the assistant to Rafa Benitez at Chelsea when Rafa was brought in to manage the club for the rest of the season, after the sacking of Roberto Di Matteo in November of 2012.

It would be a surprise if Zenden is installed as the assistant manager to McClaren, but the Newcastle head coach has already said that appointment will be a vital one, and we should know the complete make-up of his backroom staff – hopefully by Monday.

Zenden would be a very interesting appointment at Newcastle.

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