Not the best start for Steve McClaren as he has now already had two rejections to join him as Assistant Manager at St James Park.

Phil Neville was the first to be approached by the newly appointed Newcastle Head Coach but he turned down the opportunity.

This has been followed by news on Thursday that Bolo Zenden has also knocked back the job, preferring to stay as assistant manager for PSV’s reserve team as he waits for a better offer.

It is Newcastle United’s ‘preferred media partner’ The Mirror who have carried the news of Zenden’s knockback.

The newspaper also reporting that the club have told them that there is nothing close on the transfer front either.

With 13 days until pre season begins and only 22 days until the first friendly, we are all waiting to see the new Newcastle United set-up spring into life and put a team in place on and off the pitch, to try and recover from last season’s shambles.