Report: Steve McClaren considers former Sunderland ace Bolo Zenden as his number two

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Bolo Zenden has been linked with a coaching role at Newcastle United.

Newly-appointed Newcastle United manager Steve McClaren is considering bringing in former Chelsea assistant Bolo Zenden as the first addition to his backroom staff, the Daily Mail report.

The former midfielder is renowned among Premier League viewers, having had spells at Middlesbrough, Liverpool, Chelsea and lastly North East rivals Sunderland.

During his time with the Black Cats, the former Dutch international made a total of 47 Premier League appearances before retiring in 2011 and later becoming Rafa Benitez’s number two at Chelsea.

Zenden has worked under McClaren at Boro, and his fine work in a coaching role has led to reports linking him with a return to Liverpool as Brendan Rodgers’ number two, as per Sky Sports.

However, fresh reports claim that Newcastle Steve McClaren could make the 38-year-old his first addition at St. James’ Park, and arguably the most important one of the summer.

“Newly-appointed Newcastle United manager Steve McClaren could bring in Boudewijn Zenden as his assistant in his first move since taking over at St James' Park earlier this week,” the Daily Mail report.

Former England manager McClaren took over the reins at Newcastle last week following his sacking from Derby County, a move which had been speculated on for some time.

Despite a disappointing end to last season, the 54-year-old was a success at the iPro Stadium and improved both performances and results during his tenure.

The Geordie supporters may feel a little uneasy over his appointment, but given time and with the right backroom staff, he could soon have the Magpies challenging once again at the right end of the table.

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