Zenden not ready for coaching

The 34-year-old Sunderland midfielder has managed just two brief

appearances as a substitute since making his last start for the

club at Blackpool on January 22, with the arrivals of Sulley

Muntari and Stephane Sessegnon strengthening manager Steve Bruce’s

pool of players. Bruce has made it clear he wants to retain

Zenden’s influence in the dressing room, particularly with the

younger members of the squad, beyond his current contract, which is

due to expire at the end of the season. The former PSV Eindhoven,

Barcelona, Chelsea, Middlesbrough, Liverpool and Marseille player

admits coaching could be a possibility for him one day, but he is

confident he still has plenty to offer on the pitch for now. Zenden

said: “I still believe I have got loads left to offer and the

coaching thing will come eventually – but not now. “Maybe because

of the situation I am in at the moment, that’s something people

will start speculating about. But I am not ready for that. “What I

can say about that is I am not going to be pushed into a certain

situation which I am not ready for. “For that reason, I might put

question marks in what I want for the time to come.” Bruce has

admitted he might have used Zenden more in recent weeks – the

former Holland international has played only nine minutes of senior

football since the trip to Bloomfield Road – but that is little

consolation to the midfielder. He said: “Of course it is a positive

thing that someone admits a certain mistake or should have done

something else or whatever you want to call it, but it doesn’t give

me back the games that have passed. “You don’t know what the future

will bring, but for example, the home game against Liverpool, that

could have been my last one against my former team, which I didn’t

feature in. “That’s not going to come back, is it?” However,

Zenden, who joined the Black Cats on a free transfer from Marseille

in October 2009, will not be making any firm decisions until he has

sat down and discussed his future with the club. He said: “It

doesn’t mean that we have to jump to any kind of conclusions or you

don’t have to push me into management already. “There’s still loads

to come and that could definitely be at Sunderland – but that could

definitely be somewhere else.”