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Former Chelsea And Barcelona Star Could Be McClaren’s Assistant

4:48 pm, Saturday, June 13th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 73 Comments

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.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



Tags: Coaching · Head coach · Management · Newcastle News · Other News




73 responses so far ↓

  • 1 JamesToon // Jun 13, 2015 at 4:53 PM

    Hope Steve round and Eric Steele come

  • 2 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 13, 2015 at 4:56 PM

    Wijnaldum wouldn’t be a bad signing
    https://nufcdigest.wordpress.com/2015/06/13/mcclaren-identifies-georginio-wijnaldum-as-key-newcastle-summer-target/

  • 3 jazzyp // Jun 13, 2015 at 4:56 PM

    ———-AARONS———SISSOKO———CABELLA-
    ———————–SDJ—————-WIDJANUM——-
    ——————————AUSTIN————————-

    Next seasons line up……Just need to sort out the defence now !!

  • 4 jazzyp // Jun 13, 2015 at 4:57 PM

    Wijnaldum

  • 5 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 13, 2015 at 4:58 PM

    looks good Jazzy

  • 6 geordiesteve520 // Jun 13, 2015 at 5:11 PM

    Don’t usually do this but have on very good authority that it will be Nicky Butt.

  • 7 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 13, 2015 at 5:14 PM

    Nicky butt could be interesting

  • 8 Rotonda heights // Jun 13, 2015 at 5:17 PM

    would love zenden, but we’d have to pay compensation, so that’s not happening sadly.

  • 9 nightfa11 // Jun 13, 2015 at 5:18 PM

    I wouldnt mind seeing shola as an assistant.. Smart,calm,.. Zenden would be good cos of his connections, as for butt..thanks, But no..

  • 10 Rotonda heights // Jun 13, 2015 at 5:19 PM

    sorry i’m sure he’s a nice guy but i never thought there was anything remotely interesting about butt.

    him or paul simpson aren’t exactly exciting choices whereas zenden would be

  • 11 will die for the toon army // Jun 13, 2015 at 5:21 PM

    Jamestoon

    That is wat I thought. But I wld go with Zenden and Round.

    New blood vs Old blood. Is woodman that good?

  • 12 Jail for Ashley // Jun 13, 2015 at 5:25 PM

    I wonder how John Carver feels about his bosses now after being promised he’d still have a job. I wonder if he’d have been so quick to tell Jonas he was being let go if he’d have known he was next.

  • 13 JamesToon // Jun 13, 2015 at 5:25 PM

    I’d just be content with SM’s staff from Derby (Simpson, Round, Steele) they got Derby playing some quality attacking football

  • 14 will die for the toon army // Jun 13, 2015 at 5:30 PM

    Jamestoon

    I wld go with that. DERBY was exciting very exciting.

  • 15 geordie157 // Jun 13, 2015 at 5:31 PM

    If we can get Austin and Wijnaldum I’d be very happy, not many centre backs being linked at the moment though.

  • 16 canuckmag // Jun 13, 2015 at 5:32 PM

    As long as it is a young coach with fresh ideas, and NOT because they are Geordie, once had a holiday in Northumberland, owned a Border Terrier, has a flat cap or whatever romantic crap that people still cling onto.

  • 17 beermonkey // Jun 13, 2015 at 5:38 PM

    jail

    I hope they told him over the phone

  • 18 Thump // Jun 13, 2015 at 5:41 PM

    @Jazzy: A christmas tree formation, eh? It’s an interesting one, but unless you have solid full backs you’re in trouble when going forward.

  • 19 will die for the toon army // Jun 13, 2015 at 5:42 PM

    Wijnaldum, Austin, Thauvin, Ince, Shawcross, Tripper.

  • 20 IrishGeordie9 // Jun 13, 2015 at 5:50 PM

    This attack though:

    ——-SDJ-Sissoko
    Thauvin-Wijnaldum-Aarons
    ———-Austin

    Or for the cups:

    ——–Abeid-Colback
    —Thauvin-Perez-Cabella
    ———–Juanmi

    So much flair in this team.

  • 21 geordiesteve520 // Jun 13, 2015 at 5:59 PM

    So, Manu sign Depay and now looks like Firmino (sp?); anyone fancy a cheek bid for Januzaj?

  • 22 OneAlanShearer // Jun 13, 2015 at 6:04 PM

    I would be very surprised if shawcross left stoke and I’d imagine about ten clubs would be ahead of us for his signature.

  • 23 Mister Tuff // Jun 13, 2015 at 6:05 PM

    I know some of you boys like to post your teams/formations/signings but I’m wondering if some of you have been on the magic mushrooms or other hallucinogens judging by the players being mentioned.
    Mr Tubbs has made one statement which upon scrutiny could mean anything, hire Wally – and it’s as if he’s sprinkled some fairy dust over fans and they are now believing anything.
    Let’s see who is coming in before the celebratory cigars are puffed on.

  • 24 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 13, 2015 at 6:10 PM

    Geordiesteve cracking player but probably out of our price range

  • 25 IrishGeordie9 // Jun 13, 2015 at 6:11 PM

    Mister Tuff

    Sorry, didnt realise 4 signings was too farfetched? Deary me.

  • 26 Welshie's Sheep // Jun 13, 2015 at 6:15 PM

    Be quiet Mister Meldrew

  • 27 Tsunki // Jun 13, 2015 at 6:26 PM

    Wumsie back on like a sheepskin coat

  • 28 Welshie's Sheep // Jun 13, 2015 at 6:32 PM

    Face it Swansea is a far SUPERIOR club to Newcastle! Mike Ashley couldn’t sign his own name

  • 29 Tsunki // Jun 13, 2015 at 6:35 PM

    A lot of left field names being thrown at the geordie faithful these days. Can’t help but wonder if that PR machine has cooling problems it’s being cranked up full throttle to divide and pacify methinks. It would be nice to see a proper progressive coaching machine but if be surprised if we end up with much more than Steve Mc at the helm with a signing and a couple of loaners to face up to our third tier us foes.

  • 30 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 13, 2015 at 6:36 PM

    Senor Tuff…it’s the same after every underwhelming season! It’s like Groundhog Day on here 😉

  • 31 Jail for Ashley // Jun 13, 2015 at 6:37 PM

    Everybody had their fun last night with this latest troll, if you ignore it, it most likely go away.

  • 32 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 13, 2015 at 6:38 PM

    Welshie…go spend your time on something constructive…in your case a Swansea blog! Off you go

  • 33 Jail for Ashley // Jun 13, 2015 at 6:38 PM

    *will

  • 34 Belfast // Jun 13, 2015 at 6:38 PM

    It’s not the real Welshie Skunki.

  • 35 Jail for Ashley // Jun 13, 2015 at 6:39 PM

    Queue jesper the lemon.

  • 36 Jail for Ashley // Jun 13, 2015 at 6:41 PM

    Belfast,
    Where’s the real one gone, or was there ever a real one ??? Is jeff, jane who shot bills son. Confused you will be. Meanwhile back at the ranch…..

  • 37 IrishGeordie9 // Jun 13, 2015 at 6:41 PM

    Great idea guys! Keep feeding the troll. Some people…

  • 38 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 13, 2015 at 6:42 PM

    I don’t get why we would get a welsh troll, Mackem would make more sense!

    On football news hope Wijnaldum link is true

  • 39 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 13, 2015 at 6:42 PM

    Belfast…still would apply though

  • 40 Welshie's Sheep // Jun 13, 2015 at 6:45 PM

    Garry Monk will win the league next season with the mighty swans.

  • 41 Jail for Ashley // Jun 13, 2015 at 6:46 PM

    Considering the club have admitted not trying to win anything for the last four years shouldn’t everyone who bought tickets deserve a refund.

  • 42 IrishGeordie9 // Jun 13, 2015 at 6:47 PM

    TFL

    I would be buzzing if we sign him mate. Looks a great player, looked alright at the world cup too.

  • 43 Belfast // Jun 13, 2015 at 6:48 PM

    Jail “Catchy’s pet lip” “Welshie’s sheep” join the dots.

  • 44 Jail for Ashley // Jun 13, 2015 at 6:49 PM

    Belfast,
    yes, you made me think when you said it, Riverie run dry as well ???

  • 45 will die for the toon army // Jun 13, 2015 at 6:49 PM

    Welshie’s Sheep

    seriously

  • 46 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 13, 2015 at 6:50 PM

    I know they are all rumours Irish but we COULD be a force to be reckoned with if we sign some

  • 47 Welshie's Sheep // Jun 13, 2015 at 6:51 PM

    Newcastle should change their walk on song to Cry me a river

  • 48 Belfast // Jun 13, 2015 at 6:53 PM

    Catchy’s pet lip is Riverire run dry.
    Riverire run dry disappears and Welshie’s sheep appears.

    The case continues….

  • 49 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 13, 2015 at 6:53 PM

    Gee whizz Robert Lewandowski scored a hat-trick in 4 minutes for Poland 89′,90′ 90’+3

  • 50 Jail for Ashley // Jun 13, 2015 at 6:55 PM

    TFL,
    Of course we could be, there is definitely potential to be the best of the rest, unfortunately Mike Ashley isn’t bothered. I’m not getting excited because we’ve signed a sacked Championship manager with a more battered reputation than our last sacked league one manager, I’d be very suspicious of the financial incentives Mclarens been offered to sit on that board as well.

  • 51 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 13, 2015 at 6:56 PM

    Suppose it would be easy for Ed to determine and put a stop to?

  • 52 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 13, 2015 at 6:57 PM

    I completely understand your sceptisim JFA mate but I’m an eternal optimist and I hope you are proved wrong, nothing against you though

  • 53 Welshie's Sheep // Jun 13, 2015 at 6:59 PM

    Awww are the geordies throwing their toys out of the cot?

  • 54 LGFUAD21 // Jun 13, 2015 at 6:59 PM

    Wijnadrum won’t come here. He’ll go to a CL team.

  • 55 Belfast // Jun 13, 2015 at 7:02 PM

    Yes Jesper If you email him he’ll be able to find out.

  • 56 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 13, 2015 at 7:04 PM

    Belfast…you are just going to complain I didn’t do it right 😉

  • 57 Belfast // Jun 13, 2015 at 7:04 PM

    Limiting it to one account per ip address would be a smart move if possible

  • 58 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Jun 13, 2015 at 7:05 PM

    Evening all

    Quite like the idea of Bolo as assistant tbh. Combining SM knowhow with a younger continental recent ex player could be a good idea imo.

    On the childish trolling thing, i am sure that if no one responds at all then it will stop. Alternatively, i am sure that if someone comes here with the sole intention of making trouble, then Ed would sort it out.

  • 59 Belfast // Jun 13, 2015 at 7:05 PM

    Yep the case file is now in your hands.
    🙂

  • 60 Jail for Ashley // Jun 13, 2015 at 7:06 PM

    TFL,
    I softened my stance on Ashley a little bit after that fifth place finish. It was a sickening and utterly pointless waste what followed, it will take more than a poxy interview and bold talk to convince me the model has changed, I too hope I’m proved wrong.

  • 61 Jail for Ashley // Jun 13, 2015 at 7:07 PM

    I wish there were fist icons for winking smiley face ones.

  • 62 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 13, 2015 at 7:09 PM

    Can that be done one account per ip that would be a smashin idea, cos there have been a few multiples on here haven’t there

  • 63 Belfast // Jun 13, 2015 at 7:15 PM

    If that wasn’t possible Ed should name and shame all those with multiple accounts. Like a monthly roll call.

    That would probably put an end to it.

    I agree Jail 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • 64 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 13, 2015 at 7:17 PM

    That would be fun Belfast 🙂 😉 :p

  • 65 WWSBRD // Jun 13, 2015 at 7:17 PM

    1 account per IP address but what about my 15 other accounts?!

    I am legion

  • 66 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 13, 2015 at 7:18 PM

    hahaha WWS

  • 67 Bri // Jun 13, 2015 at 7:20 PM

    Carver should now give us this amazing list of players we are after,or was it all a load of bull?

  • 68 WWSBRD // Jun 13, 2015 at 7:22 PM

    TFL
    Haha I might of been telling the truth

    Who knows double edged sword of a faceless community

  • 69 Belfast // Jun 13, 2015 at 7:24 PM

    Well I’m off to watch Northern Ireland probably mess up our best chance of qualification in years lol

    Goodbyes !

  • 70 WWSBRD // Jun 13, 2015 at 7:26 PM

    Enjoy Belfast

    Fingers crossed and all that jazz

  • 71 Toon Tang // Jun 13, 2015 at 7:27 PM

    That’s it, turn the page on the day, walk away
    ‘Cause there’s sense in what I say
    I’m forty-fifth generation Roman
    But I don’t know ’em or care when I’m spitting
    So return to your sitting position and listen, it’s fitting.

  • 72 Toon-Prodigy // Jun 13, 2015 at 7:34 PM

    I won’t be happy if we sign Andy Caroll like, I can’t stand this talk of him coming back. There is a chance to build and look to the future, no interest at all in the past me.

    That goes for Remy, Ba and Cabaye aswell. All about the money with these and so called CL football which the barely get a sniff of.. CL my arse. ££££££££. Let them rot on the benches.

    Bring in Austin, Ince and a CB next week and that will be a start.

    This list of so called players, they have had it for ages now. JC knew about it and seen it, what is the hold up? Are they waiting for SMc to run the rule over it? I hope that is what it is but something tells me it isn’t.

  • 73 Jib // Jun 14, 2015 at 2:55 AM

    Canuckmag @ 16
    A crappy romantic Toon fan

    http://www.bramblebeeborders.co.uk/images/paul1.jpg




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