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.

  • amacdee

    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”
    I think this is a job for

  • Mark Crossling

    How do you know there’s no signings imminent or who McClaren wants on his backroom staff the people he is said to want all have jobs currently so compo needs agreeing jesus christ

  • North East corner

    It looks like there are a few chickens coming home to roost. We like to think of NUFC as ‘big’ club but 8 years of mismanagement have changed that. The constant penny pinching, PR disasters, the various strange management decisions have made it harder and harder to attract top quality coaching and playing staff. Together with the fact the football world outside of Newcastle sees a fan base disillusioned and disengaged with the club make football people think why bother going there it all grief from fans and management. We are becoming a very sorry excuse for a Premiership club someone in charge needs to act decisively to change things in a positive manner. Does anyone think we have anybody currently running the club that can do that?

  • mrkgw

    If true then its a woeful state of things. Change is needed and Ashley must invest otherwise, supporters will stay away. Just look at ticket renewals – we have been taken for granted for too long now.

  • stephen richards

    The alarm bells should be ringing loud and clear around the club a quick look at the opening fixtures shows that we need a settled team who are used to playing together know what system to play and are fully motivated we can’t afford a slow start players must be signed urgently

  • Toon Terrier

    The constant dumbing down of NUFC to become the football wing of Sports direct continues to take its toll. Nothing has changed and talk of a ‘war chest’ of 25million is laughable considering the state the club is in. They are probably concentrating their efforts on trying to sell players. There are reports that Cisse has been hawked about and no doubt others too. The brave new world Ashley heralded is the same grey, drab and soulless one we have endured under his regime. Reports that season tickets have not been renewed gives me hope that more fans are beginning to see the light.

  • billtoon

    Does “The Mag’ ever post any positive articles? No wonder the rest of the country thinks we are a comedy act! Just close. … If team were successful you would have nothing to write about!

  • WallaceWilson

    You could try writing your own articles if you’re not happy with the current content – it’s an open website. Everyone’s a critic…..

  • NottsToon

    billtoon Tell us something positive about the current situation then chuckles.

  • North East corner

    I appreciate most of the comments are of a negative nature but it reflects the fears some fans have for the club. As you state ‘if’ we were successful we would have nothing to write about, you’ll need to remind me when that was and what it felt like..

  • Pedrothegreat

    The board are hoping we are going to be patient again, like we have been for the last 8 year, I suppose half way through next season they will spin it as another transition season, working towards the future etc. Were sick of the same rubbish, buy quality players and get quality coaching and spend quality money to do so, are they willing to? Obviously not.

  • Pedrothegreat

    billtoon  Shouldn’t Lee Charnley be telling us a few positives at the moment, there’s nowt!

  • Wingpaddock

    billtoon – please list the positive things you would like to be advertised about the club.

  • billtoon

    Lovin the irony WW !

  • Jimmywayhay

    No proven player of premier league standard with any ambition is going to come here, unless we make at least six signings ,of that standard to prove its a worth while move .Charlie Austin would probably come if he thought we were trying to go places!

  • MilitantGeordie

    billtoon Have a read of some articles by The Mag in the years before Ashley turned up. I think you’ll find there was alot more positivity going around back then.I wonder why it’s all gone so negative? surely there must be some reason? Oh of course! The current owner has transformed the stadium into an advertising billboard for the business that he actually cares about, he’s put the clubs merchandising and image rights into a holding company ( that he personally owns £££) screwed Shearer and Keegan over, invested nothing into the squad for years and sells the better ones for pure profit even if it leaves the squad almost unable to field a first 11
    Does your club put academy kids on the bench for PremierLeague games because there’s literally no proper players available?
    Does your club admit to not trying in cup games for 8 years through a MD statement yet the F.A aren’t bothered?
    Do you have a feeling of dread and despair with impending transfer windows while the 19 other clubs fans look forward with excitement?
    Have you ever not bothered to get a player name on the back of your shirt since they will likely be sold OR even decided to not buy the tops in the first place as a protest?
    If you answered YES to any of the above question then your club must be…..
    Newcastle United!!!  Congratulations! Your grand prize is a to watch sh1te football all season, get hammered by your rivals twice and ultimately feel total apathy as you watch your cheap and nasty club try to avoid relegation despite being the 19th richest club in the world with a multi billionaire owner!

  • DownUnderMag

    Jimmywayhay exactly and why we can only attract lower league or foreign players who view us as a stepping stone while still getting a pay rise from what they would normally be on.  But there is also a huge question mark now on whether or not we even provide that now since the players struggle for form due to the lack of support around them.  As you say, a minimum of 6 top players (“purples” if you like) will make a difference, anything less will simply be pissing in the wind and you have to ask what self respecting player is going to come here to struggle and undergo the atmosphere of last season (because if we don’t sign anyone that is exactly what it will be again).

  • rob1980

    Same old Newcastle full of cxxp cant see us sign anyone at all

  • rob1980

    Gonna sign no one again cant even get back room staff surely we are no the biggest language stock in football same old cxxp every season

  • Scot Land

    If you got nowt good to say, shut the f##k up. Let’s try and start this season positive for once.

  • Andgeo

    ashley out! Newcastle can never fulfill it’s potential until he is gone. This is no way to run a football club!

  • Andgeo

    There are no positives. The club continues to underachieve in all areas other than to benefit mike ashley.

  • Andgeo

    Bill toon. There are no positives!! Our club is being completely undermined for the fat mans benefit. We will never be successful with him running the club the way he has for the past 8 years. Get out!!!

  • Andgeo

    Spot on!

  • Andgeo

    Getting rid of this fat [email protected] is going to be a long and painful for supporters to endure but it is the only way we are going to get rid of the cancer that is Mike Ashley.

  • Andgeo

    I don’t think anyone is running the club. Ashley pulls the strings but we are low down on his list of priorities and after him we have a glorified secretary who is clearly incompetent, a new manager/coach and bob moncur?? There is no leadership at the club, and Ashley’s only interest is selling players for profit. We have to get him out at all costs, and the sooner we get him out the sooner we can rebuild this mess.

  • Andgeo

    It wouldn’t take any other club to sort out critical business. We need back room staff and players in ASAP to prepare for the new season.

  • DavidDrape

    billtoon its called reality

  • Conman

    I really think mcclaren must be thinking about hat he’s taken on.
    No coaches. No players wanting to sign. No leadership. No future. Pitiful.

  • LeazesEnder

    Its going to end up as Clarky…. :) Lol

  • LeazesEnder

    I’m positive you’re a cretin!

  • LeazesEnder

    billtoon Come on ‘Happy-Clappy’ do an article!

  • A lex

    LeazesEnder Too right. Although I’d be happy to see Clarky back at Newcastle, he’s another who fits the mould – out of work and not many knocking at his door offering jobs.

  • prestondave

    With what.?Not seen you on here before so maybe you are one of the new “superfans” who have just got your new season ticket. Dont know where you have been for the past few years but apart from a 5th place finish there hasnt been anything to be positive about. And as this is a forum based on fans opinions it means being respectful to others without telling them to shut the f**k up.

  • prestondave

    Yes Mark, they all currently have jobs at better ran clubs than ours. So why would they leave a good club to come to a bad one.? Or is it just another way of saying to the fans ” well we tried but we couldnt get them over the line”? Jesus.!!!!

  • Phildene

    The silence from nufc has been deafening yet again. I thought we would’ve heard from McClaren at least, but no. I honestly didn’t think Phil Neville would come here either as quite happy with Sky etc, so effect it’s only been one knock back in Bolo Zenden, which is a shame as he would’ve been good, but he’s also contracted else where.
    There again, truth be told, who would want to work under this regime, let alone play under it? The only reason McClaren came was he’d been sacked by Derby so it’s a wage coming in, as he’d already knocked us back twice previouslay.
    Aren’t we still waiting for news about Blackie coming here too? He’s another who would be really good for here, but has a big chance of refusing it.

  • toonterrier

    A lex LeazesEnder There’s also the mighty inspirational Shola who is available after a breath taking performance at Palace.

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  • ArtyH

    Unfortunately I honestly think we have gone over the tipping point now and thats a worry. INHO everyone connected to football knows what it means to be connected to the club and they do not want to be associated with us, but can you blame them? The club now represents no ambition, no prospects, poor value as a new player about to sign as others feel the same, if it continues we could be looking at relegation next year. No good players worth their salt want that, even for good money, which as we all know is not there to pay, what has changed?

  • Morpeth mag

    Unfortunately you are right, but the main worry is that we will loose a generation of young fans that we may not recover from,,,,

  • rob1980

    I can honestly see us going down why would you want to come to nufc its a joke bet we only make 1 or signings sorry forgot we have Sammy pxxs take

  • ArtyH

    Morpeth mag Yes you are right but sometimes you have to make choices and take action for the better of the situation,  I believe that time is near.  Too many paying fans have beeb lied to and disappointed over the last few years, and I can now smell revolution in the air. I think the new beginning will come about with a new and hopefully caring owner, one to be proud of instead of disgusted with.  We live in hope.

  • Porciestreet

    Whoever  the hell would ever consider clocking on under Cashley should be on suicide watch. It will finish up being another desperado like carver because we’re a total joke.

  • mactoon

    It just may be that Ashley and his failed business model has finally broken the club to the point where no player even sees Newcastle as an option. I’m amazed Bamford has turned down the opportunity to get first team football here where he could continue his progress in the premiership and instead wants to stay and fight for a place where he will be at best 4th choice. I think this says it all and is a very worrying situation.

  • Porciestreet

    Andgeo And he is openly passing the buck to a bunch of numpty yes men who are only interested in their pension pots.
    Judging by the amount of business we havn’t managed to engender so far I’d say we are in for a lot more of the same..God forbid.  Cashley OOT.

  • Porciestreet

    If it was down to Jesus mate, we wouldn’t be in this unholy mess in the first place.

  • magpiefifer

    Ashley has turned us into such a toxic club that we will lose out on so many potential signings – including coaching staff!
    That, plus the ‘buy them cheap,sell ’em high’ strategy is now coming home to bite Ashley,and while I have some sympathy with McClaren he should have had enough nous to see what Ashley was all about.
    Ashley out!

  • TonnekToon

    Some one like Zenden isn’t going to want his reputation tarnished, and you can’t blame him . I’m sure there’s a lot of talented  coaches out there that would normally leap at the chance to come to Newcastle , but there’s the little problem of the owner and his sidekick the M.D. No one who values his Career would come within shouting distance of the Club . What a sorry state of affairs .

  • ArtyH

    So true, but could it be that McClaren was initially given a different brief, its not the first tme the old saying Its not like the brochure has been used. AND lets face it he was unemployed so any lifeboat will do eh? At the moment I think being associated with our club has more potential to break a career than make it.  So sad times.

  • Toonloony 1971

    I agree, negativity on sites like this will turn people awaty from the club!! Lets see how it pans out, I think we will bring in a few players and Stevie Mac will coach what we have quite well. He has glowing references from Shearer, Owen and other class players… So try a bit of positivity FFS!!!!

  • JohnEllis2

    Relagation beckons

  • Morpeth mag

    I agree, I won’t go back until ashley has moved on, or had a complete uturn in policy

  • magpie9

    Shows how desperate they are & how any decent candinate wouldnt touch anything to do with fatty. How can they be offering jobs to blokes who obviously havnt applied? What happened to 80 applicants? MORE lies

  • Jamiekgordon

    All respect to Glasgow Rangers

  • fatha

    It’s becoming a bit tedious reading about all these supposed targets when the silence coming from the club is deafening.Don’t think Mr Charmless reads these posts,but if he does I would like him to know that up hear in the frozen north we have a saying about inactivity, it goes something like this. Either p**s or get of the pot.Stop dragging your heals man

  • IainElrick

    prestondave This is what Ashley has done to us all, under Sir BR we never argued with each other he needs to go and maybe then we can be united again