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McClaren Could Bring Two Top Assistants In Next Week

11:41 pm, Saturday, June 13th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 48 Comments

We had a report out earlier today that Steve McClaren was considering bringing former Barcelona and Liverpool winger Bolo (Boudewijn) Zenden to Newcastle to be his assistant manager, and in 2012 Bolo was assistant manager to Rafa Benitez at Chelsea, when Rafa came in for the rest of the season after Roberto Di Matteo was fired.

bolo zenden

Bolo Zenden – joining McClaren at Newcastle?

There had been a number of reports out that Steve would being in his assistant manager for two years at Derby County – Paul Simpson – who is still contracted to Derby.

The news in the Sunday People is that Newcastle may be  unwilling to pay compensation for Simpson, and this is what a Newcastle source told the People:

“Even if McClaren does get Simpson in he will still look for someone else who has been around for a long time as a player and has become a top coach – someone in the ilk of Gary Neville.”

“Mike Ashley is happy to put everything on the football side to his managing director Lee Charnley, chief scout Graham Carr, ambassador Bob Moncur and McClaren.”

“He has told them they are football people and they know more about football than he does.” “But he did add he knew more about running a sports business than them.”

Since we got Steve McClaren without having to pay any compensation  – because he was conveniently (for Newcastle) sacked by Derby County a couple of  weeks ago.

Steve still had two years to run on his contract, and it’s hard to believe Mike Ashley wouldn’t be willing to pay compensation to get Simpson to Newcastle.

paul simpson derby

Paul Simpson – Derby County assistant manager

And we also got around £4M in compensation for Alan Pardew, and the new coaching team at Newcastle will be vitally important to our future success.

Steve has talked about having somebody in the dressing room who the players could look up to – and maybe that’s Zenden, who had a great playing career at Barcelona, Chelsea and Liverpool amongst other clubs.

It wouldn’t surprise us if Steve brings both Paul Simpson and Bolo Zenden into Newcastle early next week, maybe Paul as assistant manager and Zenden as the first team coach.

Those would appear to be two very good appointments by Newcastle’s new head coach.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Head coach · Management · Newcastle News · Premier League

48 responses so far ↓

  • 1 toon22 // Jun 13, 2015 at 11:42 PM


  • 2 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 13, 2015 at 11:44 PM

    Nicky Butt

  • 3 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jun 13, 2015 at 11:44 PM

    To be honest anytime there is a paper story that we dont want to pay money for anyone its pretty believable !!!

  • 4 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jun 13, 2015 at 11:45 PM

    Also getting Gary Neville in as a defensive coach for a couple of days a week would be a stroke of genius

  • 5 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 13, 2015 at 11:46 PM

    Hmm I thought Schteve said he wanted his backroom team in by Monday?

  • 6 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 13, 2015 at 11:56 PM

    Have we got another WUM?

  • 7 armchair fan // Jun 14, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    Knowing NUFC, we’ll be talking about Zenden, Neville etc and we’ll end up with Ameobi and Bramble back as coaches.

    Just like Austin – all smoke and mirrors. We’re getting AC.

  • 8 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 14, 2015 at 12:10 AM


  • 9 will die for the toon army // Jun 14, 2015 at 12:22 AM

    Zenden and Simpson.
    Zenden and Round.
    Butt and Round.
    Butt and Simpson.
    Zenden and Butt.
    Simpson and Round.

  • 10 sickandtired // Jun 14, 2015 at 12:46 AM

    Gary Neville??? That would be the ultimate rubbing of the nose in the dirt – if it wasn’t such a ridiculous piece of press garbage.
    He hates this Club as much as right minded supporters hate him!

  • 11 chasing_rabbits // Jun 14, 2015 at 1:13 AM

    The Sun is reporting that Liverpool are going to make a bid for Austin to snatch him away from us. Cant work out the logic on that though, considering they’ve just signed Ings?

  • 12 lesh // Jun 14, 2015 at 1:29 AM


    Anywhere else and Schteve could’ve had his staff in on Monday.

    But, anywherelse don’t have Charnley!

  • 13 chasing_rabbits // Jun 14, 2015 at 1:41 AM

    And apparently Lee Ryder has a source saying he’s signed for Villa? Doesn’t seem to be any certainty about this situation at all. Needs to be confirmed one way or another asap.

  • 14 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 14, 2015 at 1:44 AM

    I agree Chasing, tbh I thought that the “source” on previous thread was a wum

  • 15 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 14, 2015 at 1:45 AM

    I agree Lesh

  • 16 chasing_rabbits // Jun 14, 2015 at 1:57 AM

    I really hope he’s on his way to us. Not even because we need the signing or because all of the fans want him, but because it would make a big statement of how we can expect the summer to go, and fans will instantly shun any chance of change (quite rightly). “Business as usual”

    I was hoping we were going to go all out for our targets and send a message to other clubs that we’re serious. Instead all the attention has shifted to Carroll?! Anywhere else this wouldn’t make sense, but it actually makes perfect sense. I hope I’m wrong.

  • 17 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 14, 2015 at 2:07 AM

    I hope you are wrong too

  • 18 Thump // Jun 14, 2015 at 2:46 AM

    Honestly, Nicky Butt would be a good shout. Interesting if not anything else.

  • 19 Jib // Jun 14, 2015 at 3:12 AM

    Interesting article by Francesc Tomas who generally has a reliable inside line on Barcelona

    Looks like the Catalans are loaning NUFC at least one of their prodigies.
    This could be the reason for Zenden coming to help SM (other than the obvious Boro connection).
    You see this is what you get when you appoint a Europe – wide recognised coach .

  • 20 Jib // Jun 14, 2015 at 3:24 AM

    The Sharks-Amazulu footy academy from S Africa have a coach called Dan Haswell (Lilongwe probably knows him) known as Hazza
    We could end up with a coaching team as follows
    McClaren Hazza Round Butt

    I’ll get me coat

  • 21 cyprus // Jun 14, 2015 at 6:20 AM

    Butt eh.

    When I think of him, I think of mistimed tackles, losing the ball for the opposition to score, just knowing he’s rushing back just to concede a penalty, and relegation!

  • 22 chasing_rabbits // Jun 14, 2015 at 6:26 AM

    Zenden seems a better & safer choice. He’s obviously got a good relationship with McClaren, and would be able to offer the likes of Cabella, de Jong, Aarons etc better coaching, which I think is where we will benefit most.

  • 23 Chris // Jun 14, 2015 at 6:49 AM

    I don’t understand all this enthusiasm about Zenden – these are some of the comments I found on a Chelsea blog (

    “According to Wikipedia, Boudewijn Zenden played his last match for Sunderland on May 22nd 2011. His appointment as assistant manager began on November 22nd 2012, a gap of 18 months during which Zenden had no discernible involvement at any level of football. I recall occasional appearances as a pundit, but that’s it. No coaching badges, no previous managerial experience whatsoever.”

    and someone else writes:

    “OK that’s 5 games gone for the FSW and Zenden is still sitting behind him apparently doing f**k all, whilst our ‘proper’ coaches and staff flank the FSW.

    No way he’s the number 2, i’m just not ‘avin it !!

    I think the club have already realised that mistake (thinking it would soften the blow) and have put themselves in a bit of a hole with the appointment.”

    “Is there any point in him actually being there? He just sits 2 rows back from the management team and drinks tea/coffee”
    “I think he does Torres’ hair before the game and at half time!”

    That’s what some of the Chelsea fans thought of him, and since then his only appointment has been as assistant to the coach of PSV’s under 21s (ie. he wasn’t even assistant to the 1st team coach!). According to the information on the transfermarkt website he’s spent the last year unemployed, and there’s probably a good reason for that:

    I can’t believe that Ed is seriously suggesting that this guy would be a good appointment as first team coach – unless, of course, we need an extra pair of hands to take care of the famous Cabella Coiffure (and Thauvin’s too, if we get him).

    In case anyone was wondering, FSW = Fat Spanish Waiter (the nickname given to Rafa Benitez)

  • 24 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 14, 2015 at 7:14 AM

    Chris…and I don’t understand all this enthusiasm about Steve McClaren!

  • 25 will die for the toon army // Jun 14, 2015 at 7:27 AM


    We jst hop for e best.

  • 26 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 14, 2015 at 7:28 AM

    I just don’t want the reminiscent of his Middlesborough or Derby hay days!

    …it’s a new era here at Newcastle so build a coaching team that reflects that.

  • 27 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 14, 2015 at 7:29 AM

    will die for the toon army…as a fan-base it’s like we rewind every season and start over!

  • 28 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 14, 2015 at 7:32 AM

    If I took away the honor in Holland with Twente then it’s 20 years ago McClaren did something noteworthy!

    …and how football has changed since that. We might as well had signed Sven Goran Ericsson!

  • 29 Jib // Jun 14, 2015 at 7:35 AM

    Quote in the Times from KK

    ‘They say you need coaching badges to be a boss. My only qualification was 1,000 rounds of golf in Spain’

  • 30 Jib // Jun 14, 2015 at 7:35 AM

  • 31 Mister Tuff // Jun 14, 2015 at 7:37 AM

    Zenden does have his Uefa coaching badges!

  • 32 expatmag // Jun 14, 2015 at 7:38 AM


    We know that you are against McLaren but why do you have to keep ramming it down our throats?

    Your obsession of hatred of this appointment is verging on similarities with Catchys obsession with Pardew and Toonbrothers obsession with Coloccini.

    All very dull and boring and in this case, quite without justification as yet.

    Give us a break.

  • 33 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 14, 2015 at 7:40 AM

    Expat…why do you need to ramp down our throat that you are not?

  • 34 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 14, 2015 at 7:41 AM

    If you don’t like it move along!

  • 35 Jib // Jun 14, 2015 at 7:43 AM

    It just goes to show the Chelsea whiners know as much as ours.
    The Fat Spanish waiter is now boss at Real Madrid after winning 2 cups in 2 years at Napoli

  • 36 chasing_rabbits // Jun 14, 2015 at 7:52 AM

    Jesper, if I remember right, very few of us actually wanted McClaren. You’re the only going on about it tho, and it doesn’t make a pleasant read on a Sunday morn.

  • 37 will die for the toon army // Jun 14, 2015 at 8:02 AM


    It’s like e NUFC possed since Sir Bobby Robson (RIP)

  • 38 expatmag // Jun 14, 2015 at 8:13 AM


    Usual practice us to give people a chance in a job first before being critical.

    You are being unrealistic and totally unfair.

  • 39 expatmag // Jun 14, 2015 at 8:15 AM


    I thought better of you than telling me to move along. Clearly you are unable to sensibly discuss matters when you make silly comments like that.

    I will not be moving anywhere.

  • 40 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 14, 2015 at 8:17 AM

    chasing_rabbits…I am sorry am I not making it pleasant enough for you. Anything else I can do while we are at it?

  • 41 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 14, 2015 at 8:19 AM

    Yes Expat…lets rewind every season when a new HC gets announced! It’s like Groundhog Day on here…

  • 42 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 14, 2015 at 8:21 AM

    Expat…I am not here for the benefit of Mr. Expat so spare me the sanctimony #$%&…

  • 43 tequilamag // Jun 14, 2015 at 8:24 AM

    Jesper why are you here ? you display all the charm and sourness of a glory hunter who has discovered he has backed the wrong horse..I can`t remember a single thing you have been happy about at Newcastle.

  • 44 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 14, 2015 at 8:25 AM

    I am sorry Expat…was your post at #32 meant to start a sensible adult conversation?

    …I think everyone missed that. One could think it wad meant to be a little high and mighty on everyone else expenses (with the plural and all that)

  • 45 expatmag // Jun 14, 2015 at 8:25 AM


    Then stop acting like a cockhead.

  • 46 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 14, 2015 at 8:27 AM

    will die for the toon army …it has been up hill for a long time

  • 47 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Jun 14, 2015 at 8:28 AM


  • 48 sparky55 // Jun 14, 2015 at 8:32 AM

    Got this from an article about Maclaren written by his bessie mate (Malcolm Cosby) and is exactly why he is uninspiring and the wrong choice for us

    The former Sunderland boss, who led the Black Cats to the 1992 FA Cup final, added: “I think Steve is a great appointment for Newcastle.

    “He is a good coach and I think he will make them a very difficult team to beat – and he will want to entertain the fans, too.’’

    There you go…the first thought of Cosby is he’ll make newcastle a VERY difficult team to beat!!!!!

    Arrrrrrrrrrgggggggghhhhhhh….we’ve had 8 years and three managers with the same Mantra of being difficult to beat…WE WANT TO BE ENTERTAINED FFS…we don’t want Newcastle setting up not to be beaten because the fat cnut wont spend 100 million on four good defenders and 5 good defensive midfielders so it just won’t work…we want and need players who can play the exquisite final pass that makes the strikers job easy…but they’ve all left us because we by-pass our midfielders and have managers that order the defence to kick the ball straight over the midfielders heads direct to the inadequately sized Perez / Cisse

    I’d like to see a manager that gets the team to play from the back and plays the short pass game and swarms the opponents when we lose possession to get the ball back and gets the team to move forward as a team rather than punt the ball long and has three players out of the midfield / attack that can chip in with 50 goals a season.

    Not such an ask for a team that has stated it’ll be chasing a top ten finish but in fact will need a complete change of personalities and mental approach to the game…and unfortunately that’ll not come from a coach that makes us “very hard to beat”

    Whilst I’m happy to give anyone a chance…I’m not inspired at all by the Maclaren appointment and I don’t think Austin will come up here, Ings has gone, Carrol will probably come because Bilic won’t want him in his team and no-one else would have him so all I can see is the long punt being played with regular aplomb.

    Let’s see who Carr moves for quickly to inspire better players to come to SJP because that’s the problem we’re going to have…MacLaren would not inspire me to join a club like Newcastle who just avoided relegation yet again when everyone knows MacLarens speciality is making teams hard to beat and is hardly a big and existing name / personality to attract good players.

    …but let’s see….

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