Claims that Steve McClaren is set to replace Les Ferdinand
Having failed to get a Manager’s job since being sacked by Newcastle in March, it is now claimed that Steve McClaren is set to be appointed at QPR.
McClaren applied for a number of Championship jobs 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.
Steve McClaren worked briefly at QPR as a coach under Harry Redknapp and The Sun claim that owner Tony Fernandes liked what he saw and has identified him as the man to come and work in a senior position with manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.
Hasselbaink played under Steve McClaren at Middlesbrough and the QPR Manager is reported to be in favour of the idea. If he was appointed in a position above the manager, McClaren’s arrival would surely make Les Ferdinand’s role as Director of Football untenable/redundant.
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.”
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