Date Of Birth: May 3rd, 1961
Place Of Birth: York, England
Date Signed: 12th June, 2001
Previous Clubs As Player: Hull (Eng), Derby County (Eng), Lincoln City (Eng),
Bristol City (Eng), Oxford United (Eng).
Previous Clubs As Staff: Oxford United (Eng), Derby County (Eng),
Manchester United (Eng), England (National), Middlesbrough (Eng).
International Honours: England Temporary Manager, England Full Time Assistant Manager
Club Honours: FA Cup Winners (1998-99), Premier League Champions (1998-99, 1999-2000
, 2000-01), Champions League Winners (1998-99)
McClarens playing career was brought to a premature end by injury when he was just 27 years
old. As the archetypal thinking man's coach though McClaren has proved in a variety of
high-profile jobs, that a mediocre playing career is no hindrance to being a successful coach.
After he retired from playing, Steve took up coaching. He went on to spend nearly four
years coaching at Derby and was Jim Smith's assistant manager as the Rams were promoted to
the Premiership. McClaren helped Smith guide Derby back to the Premiership in the 1995-96
season, Smith's first season in charge of the Rams. After that, the duo managed an
impressive settling-in period at Pride Park, finishing 12th and 9th in a division that has
become harder for newly-promoted teams to survive. His efforts didn't go unnoticed and in
1999 Sir Alex Ferguson lured McClaren to replace Brian Kidd at Manchester United. Even then,
he was so unknown that United chairman Martin Edwards introduced him to the media as Steve
McClaridge. McClaren's first season in charge saw McClaren oversee the final five months of
a campaign that culminated in United's historic treble trophy haul in which they won the
European Cup, the FA Cup and the Premiership. The arrival of the wrong man would have been
instantly evident at a club with such a talented and driven squad but McClaren's influence
was felt as United won the European Cup, Premiership title and FA Cup treble in his first
season at the Old Trafford club. His rapport with the players has shown through as United
managed a hat-trick of domestic championships after the best they had managed was two
successive titles in 1996 and 1997. Later appointed, together with Leicester's Peter Taylor, as caretaker England manager for a friendly in Italy prior to the appointment of Sven Goran Eriksson and he remains one of the key England coaches around Eriksson.
Now, with Ferguson's own future at Old Trafford increasingly uncertain, McClaren too has decided to quit. The realisation that he is down the pecking order to become Ferguson's successor has led him to take up the managerial helm at Middlesbrough, replacing another United idol, Bryan Robson. While the experience of working under a combination of Smith, Ferguson and Eriksson would stand any manager in good stead, McClaren has yet to prove he can do it on his own.
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