Steve McClaren joins Derby… again

Derby County have announced the appointment of Steve McClaren… as both advisor and Technical Director.

The former England national team manager has been out of work since he was dismissed as Queens Park Rangers manager on 1 April 2019.

McClaren originally joined Derby in 1985 as a 24-year-old midfielder from Hull City. He only made 25 appearances during his three-year stay at the Baseball Ground before leaving for Bristol City.

Following his playing days, he was reserve team coach at Oxford United before he was appointed by Jim Smith as assistant manager at Derby in 1995.

Two years later and the duo helped take the two-time champions of England back into the top flight, where they would remain for six years.

Before Derby’s time in the Premier League was up, McClaren had already departed to become assistant manager to Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United by early 1999.

A few months later and he became part of the first and only United side to win an historic treble. None of Sir Alex’s assistants before or after helped the legendary manager reach this feat.

He then became assistant to Sven-Goran Eriksson at England in 2000.

After proving himself as a solid assistant for two club teams and having experience at international level, McClaren went in search of becoming a manager for the first time.

Middlesbrough gave him that opportunity in 2001.

Top half finishes and an appearance in the UEFA Cup final led to Steve McClaren becoming the England national team manager in 2006. However, it would be short lived as he failed to take a team of talented stars to Euro 2008.

He’d later win the Dutch Eredivisie with FC Twente before failing at VfL Wolfsburg in Germany. He took Nottingham Forest into the relegation zone, which included a loss to rivals Derby when the opposition goalkeeper was sent off in the opening five minutes.

It would be his appointment at Derby Couty in September 2013 that McClaren would rebuild his career. The team had been bottom half and midtable regulars for five seasons under Nigel Clough, but McClaren surprised the division by taking a below average squad to the play-off final, only to lose to Harry Redknapp’s expensive Queens Park Rangers at Wembley Stadium.

That spell would last until May 2015. A short, unsuccessful spell at Newcastle United would follow before being re-appointed at Derby as manager. He wouldn’t even see out the season though, before landing his last managerial job to date, at QPR.

So McClaren is now in his fourth different spell at Derby County and his third role. The club are at risk of relegation to League One by sitting bottom of the Championship with only six points after 12 games. Can McClaren turn the club around once again?