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.

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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.



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73 comments so far

  • JamesToon

    Jun 13, 2015 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #1

    Hope Steve round and Eric Steele come

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  • jazzyp

    Jun 13, 2015 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #3

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

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

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  • jazzyp

    Jun 13, 2015 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #4

    Wijnaldum

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  • ToonFromLeeds

    Jun 13, 2015 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #5

    looks good Jazzy

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  • geordiesteve520

    Jun 13, 2015 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #6

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

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  • ToonFromLeeds

    Jun 13, 2015 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #7

    Nicky butt could be interesting

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 13, 2015 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #8

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

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  • nightfa11

    Jun 13, 2015 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #9

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

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 13, 2015 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #10

    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

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  • will die for the toon army

    Jun 13, 2015 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #11

    Jamestoon

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

    New blood vs Old blood. Is woodman that good?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 13, 2015 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #12

    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.

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  • JamesToon

    Jun 13, 2015 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #13

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

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  • will die for the toon army

    Jun 13, 2015 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #14

    Jamestoon

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

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  • geordie157

    Jun 13, 2015 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #15

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

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  • canuckmag

    Jun 13, 2015 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #16

    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.

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  • beermonkey

    Jun 13, 2015 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #17

    jail

    I hope they told him over the phone

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  • Thump

    Jun 13, 2015 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #18

    @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.

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  • will die for the toon army

    Jun 13, 2015 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #19

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

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  • IrishGeordie9

    Jun 13, 2015 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #20

    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.

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  • geordiesteve520

    Jun 13, 2015 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #21

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

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  • OneAlanShearer

    Jun 13, 2015 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #22

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

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jun 13, 2015 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #23

    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.

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  • ToonFromLeeds

    Jun 13, 2015 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #24

    Geordiesteve cracking player but probably out of our price range

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  • IrishGeordie9

    Jun 13, 2015 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #25

    Mister Tuff

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

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  • Welshie's Sheep

    Jun 13, 2015 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #26

    Be quiet Mister Meldrew

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 13, 2015 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #27

    Wumsie back on like a sheepskin coat

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  • Welshie's Sheep

    Jun 13, 2015 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #28

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

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  • Tsunki

    Jun 13, 2015 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #29

    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.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jun 13, 2015 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #30

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

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 13, 2015 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #31

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

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jun 13, 2015 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #32

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

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 13, 2015 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #33

    *will

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  • Belfast

    Jun 13, 2015 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #34

    It’s not the real Welshie Skunki.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 13, 2015 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #35

    Queue jesper the lemon.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 13, 2015 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #36

    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…..

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  • IrishGeordie9

    Jun 13, 2015 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #37

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

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  • ToonFromLeeds

    Jun 13, 2015 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #38

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

    On football news hope Wijnaldum link is true

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jun 13, 2015 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #39

    Belfast…still would apply though

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  • Welshie's Sheep

    Jun 13, 2015 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #40

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

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