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Steve McClaren aiming to survive to at least the 32 game mark at QPR

12 months ago

It was met with widespread disbelief when Steve McClaren was given yet another chance to get back into English football.

Following failure after failure it looked like his time was surely up, only for QPR to give him a route back into the English game.

However, the West London club have protected themselves to an extent, by only giving the former Newcastle manager a two year contract.

Little wonder when you look at his record over the past eight years.

Only twice in his last six jobs has Steve McClaren survived beyond 31 matches.

2010-2011 Wolfsburg – 24 games

2011 Nottingham Forest – 13 games

2012-2013 FC Twente – 63 games

2013-2015 Derby – 95 games

2015-2016 Newcastle United – 31 games

2016-2017 Derby – 29 games

After 14 months had passed since that last Derby sacking, it looked like the end of his management career, but giving his press conference on Monday, McClaren claims getting only a two year contract doesn’t bother him:

“Contracts in football now….you don’t know, but it’s not about the contract.

“It’s about in two years if you [can] progress and go forward and that’s what I hope to do and demonstrate.

“QPR have finished 18th and 16th over the last two seasons.

“We are looking to add to this squad and if we do that we can progress.

“It’s not about budgets or big players, yes that can get you a certain place, but there are lots of clubs who have proved you don’t need a big budget to get into the play-offs.

“You need experience around youth and in the future that’s something we’ll look at.

“I’ve got a couple of days now with Les [Ferdinand], where we can sit down and have a look at where the club is and how to take it forward and what resources we have.

“The priority is winning football matches which we’ll try to do every game and with a certain style and I believe with this squad we can achieve that.

“I am just pleased that QPR have given me a chance to come back into the game at a coaching level.”


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