Out of the blue Steve McClaren returned to football management at Derby Count last October (2016) but only lasted five months, sacked in March 2017 just a shade over a year after Newcastle gave him the bullet.
Once again linked with a number of jobs in the past couple of months, Steve McClaren has made clear why Huddersfield don’t need to worry.
McClaren had been spotted at a number of their games recently but the former England boss claims that he only goes to watch them because they play good football.
Fans and pundits had speculated that he could go to Huddersfield as Director of Football, especially if promoted, but Steve McClaren insists that it isn’t for him at ‘the present moment’.
The one-time Newcastle Manager saying he is now looking for his next club to coach/manage, rather than take a job upstairs.
Steve McClaren speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live.
“I am purely at Huddersfield games because I admire the way that they play.
“They play great football and it’s only just up the road from where I am and you always get an exciting game.
“Sporting Director? Not for me at the present moment, I want to coach and manage.
“Many people have been linking me with a Sporting Director role – but there is no way I am ready for that.
“That is something in a few years time – I am a coach, a manager, and I want to work on the field.”
Last September, having been out of work since being sacked by Newcastle in March 2016, Steve McClaren said on starting a two year part-time course at Manchester Metropolitan University in order to gain a Masters degree in Sporting Directorship, that he still wanted to be a Manager for the time being.
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.”