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Steve McCLAREN


Position: Manager Steve McClaren

Date Of Birth: May 3rd, 1961

Place Of Birth: York, England

Nationality: English

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)

  • 1979 - Joins Hull as a midfielder and goes on to make 178 appearances, scoring 16 goals.
  • 1985 - Joins Second Division Derby County.
  • 1986 - Helps the Rams to promotion to the old First Division, but struggles the following season and moves on loan to Lincoln City.
  • 1988 - Makes just two League starts for Lincoln before signing for Bristol City.
  • 1989 - Spends one season at Ashton Gate before signing for Oxford United.
  • 1992 - Retires from playing because of bad back and takes charge of youth team at Oxford. He graduates to coaching the reserve team and then the first team.
  • 1995 - Appointed assistant to Jim Smith at First Division Derby and in 1996 helps the Rams into the Premiership.
  • 1999 - Replaces Blackburn-bound Brian Kidd as first-team coach at Manchester United.
  • 2000 - Following Kevin Keegan's resignation as England manager, joins forces with Peter Taylor in temporary charge of the national side for the 1-0 defeat to Italy in Turin.
  • 2001 - Remains part of England set-up until March when United refuse to allow him to continue his international coaching role.
  • 2001 - Named Middlesbrough manager in succession to Bryan Robson.
  • 2002 - Breaks Middlesbrough transfer record, paying 8.15m for Massimo Maccarone.



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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