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 – 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 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.