Steve McClaren sets deadline for appointment of backroom team at Newcastle after Bolo Zenden blow

Bolo Zenden, right
Bolo Zenden, right

Steve McClaren has admitted his search for a backroom team at Newcastle United could drag on until next week.

The club’s new head coach is yet to appoint an assistant manager or first-team coach.

I’m looking for the best. It can be difficult because good people are always working elsewhere.

Steve McClaren

Bolo Zenden, assistant manager to PSV Eindhoven’s reserve team, has turned down an approach to join McClaren at St James’s Park.

The former Middlesbrough and Sunderland was also linked with a role at Liverpool.

Zenden told Voetbal International: “After his appointment, we really talked, but Newcastle and Liverpool are not going to be.”

McClaren – who coached Zenden during his time in charge of Middlesbrough – could bring Paul Simpson to Newcastle.

Simpson – who worked under McClaren at Derby County – has been told he can leave the iPro Stadium after the appointment of new head coach Paul Clement.

McClaren – who inherited goalkeeping coach Andy Woodman – is said to have an “open mind” about the make-up of his backroom team.

“I’m looking for the best,” McClaren told BBC Newcastle.

“It can be difficult because good people are always working elsewhere.

“No doubt though, I want my team in by next week, with a good week to 10 days to prepare.”

McClaren has also held talks with renowned sports psychologist Steve Black, who had been working at Queens Park Rangers.