Without a job since Newcastle belatedly got rid of (never should have employed…) him, last week brought news that Steve McClaren was set to be appointed by QPR.
At the time, the job offer was believed to be potentially undermining Les Ferdinand as Director of Football, with the former Newcastle striker looking set to leave.
However, now it is reported that Steve McClaren has actually turned down an offer from QPR.
The Sun say that their information is that if he had taken the job it would have been at a lower level than Director of Football and no threat to Ferdinand, simply being part of Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s backroom staff.
However, Steve McClaren is claimed to have turned it down because people would automatically assume he was after Hasselbaink’s job.
QPR have had a disastrous September, not winning any of the five matches, including that 6-0 thrashing by Newcastle. However, closer inspection shows that three of the matches have been against clubs in the Championship top six and another was against Premier League club Sunderland in the cup – the form is poor but QPR have been up against it.
Steve McClaren applied for a number of Championship jobs since his Newcastle sacking in May but failed to pick up one, with the former Newcastle Head Coach recently admitting that he hadn’t been offered anything he fancied and didn’t want to go to China.
On starting a two year part-time course at Manchester Metropolitan University in order to gain a Masters degree in Sporting Directorship, Steve McClaren explained his longer term aim was to move into a position above manager/head coach.
McClaren also amusingly claimed that he had been the ‘right man’ for Newcastle United, just the timing of his appointment was a little off..
Steve McClaren talking to BBC Sport – 13 September 2016:
“Run correctly and rightly, as a football club it (Newcastle United) will thrive.
“Unfortunately, I was the right man at the wrong time at Newcastle United.
“The next step in the future will be as a chief executive or sporting director, or even running my own club.
“To do that I had to acquire different skills and go back to school. It’s probably old age. I always wanted to coach and manage. I know that won’t last forever.
“I still have a few years left in me yet on the field (as a Manager).
“I have had offers from abroad, but nothing that appeals. I don’t want to go to China. I feel I have something to offer here. If not here, then in Europe.”