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Name Steve McClaren
Gender Male
Ethnic English
Job English Football Coach
Desc McClaren’s ill-fated reign could not have got off to a better start – a confident, charismatic performance in a friendly at Old Trafford. However, it was common knowledge that McClaren was the FA’s second choice behind the Brazilian Luiz Felipe Scolari. This earned him the derogatory nickname ‘Second-choice Steve’ – a label that would come back to haunt him


Club as Coach Middlesbrough

2005 08 13 Retrieve

[Middlesbrough 0-0 Liverpool. Liverpool were unable to find a way past 10-man Middlesbrough despite the best efforts of captain Steven Gerrard] It was a great point for us, it’s always important to get something from the first game of the season. You saw when we were down to 10 men, we had great attitude and character and it said we’re ready for the new season. You could tell they had played competitive games this season, they looked a little bit sharper than us

2015 12 30 Retrieve

[on Sir Alex Ferguson] At the end of United’s Treble-winning season in 1999, we were having a cup of tea at the training ground and he was already talking about what was needed for the season after. That’s how he’s been so successful!

2015 11 10 Retrieve

[on David Beckham] What an unbelievable career he’s had, both on and off the field. I’ve been fortunate to work with some great players and he was one of them. He was a great player. He made the very most of his talents through sheer hard work, professionalism and always doing extra on the training field. He inspired his team-mates through his performances and he was a winner; he has won so many things through his career and that was infectious on his team-mates

2015 11 11 Retrieve

[on David Beckham] He was very competitive and occasionally he went over the mark, but that’s what winners do. He developed, he matured as he went along and he adapted his game, which you have to do playing for 20 years at the top level. He was a specialist in the right midfield position, an unbelievable passer, crosser and could score a range of goals as well. He was an inspiring personality to young players with his behaviour and his professionalism on and off the field. But ultimately he was a leader

2017 04 22 Retrieve

[Steve McClaren pays tribute to Ehiogu, his former player he coached at Middlesbrough] I’m devastated for Ugo’s family. What a sad loss he will be to football. Ugo was a real leader and was going to be a very good coach. I only saw him a couple of months ago at a course at St George’s Park, looking fit and healthy, as always. I will remember Ugo as a real warrior on the field, but a gentle giant off it

2019 08 15 Retrieve

[Steve McClaren says Paul Pogba is likely to stay at Manchester United despite the incessant talk of interest from Real Madrid] I think he will stay, he would have gone by now. They would have replaced him and now they don’t need to, that’s the key thing. You could see it on Sunday, Chelsea did really well against him in the first half, but once he got space in the second half, he can deliver the pass, score the goal. He can do things. When Ole first came in, he got the best out of Pogba for the first 15 games and the way he turned the game around against Manchester City, that’s what he’s capable of doing. Ole believes he can get the best out of him and especially with [Harry] Maguire and the way they have started, Pogba might think ‘yeah, I could be the king of this team’. These players want top players around them, to be challenging for the trophies. Manchester United demonstrated that with the summer signings [and] the first game. Pogba might be thinking ‘they really want me and this is a good team, I could win things here’

[Maguire was the marquee addition at Old Trafford in the Premier League window] [They have] signed [Aaron] Wan-Bissaka and the young boy from Swansea [Daniel] James. But the biggest of the summer was Maguire. He’s like van Dijk signing for Liverpool, the difference - the person that took Liverpool to the next level. I think Maguire can do exactly the same for Manchester United. He did it on Sunday against Chelsea, he was magnificent. He’s a great defender, a leader. The way he speaks to the players and his demeanour, confidence and courage when he has the ball, I think he’s the perfect signing for Manchester United.

2020 02 13 Retrieve

[Steve McClaren says Virgil van Dijk is the only Liverpool player who would force his way into Manchester United’s 1999 treble-winning side] Virgil van Dijk next to Jaap Stam, that would be invincible. Nobody would get past them. But for me, seriously, only Van Dijk would get into that team. When you look at that Manchester United team, that is leadership throughout the whole team, and leadership was the key. Liverpool are developing that now

2020 02 13b Retrieve

[Steve McClaren says Man Utd can’t use Anthony Martial as lone frontman] I think this is where he’s been struggling in this midfield and its blend and balance. It’s square pegs in square holes, round pegs in round holes. At the moment [Andreas] Pereira, who I’ve seen play as a No 10, is he a holder? Fred is getting better, more confident, but he likes to roam around. They’ve got nobody like a [Roy] Keane sat in there. Absolutely [Scott McTominay] could do that but he still goes and wanders, but at least he’s got the physicality to get around. So they’re missing somebody in there.

They’ve signed [Bruno] Fernandes who they think is their No 10. A key role when you’re playing that kind of system. [Juan] Mata, great player. Best position? Don’t know, don’t know. Winger? No. James is still a young player finding his legs and the key one is Martial. Martial is not a No 9, he is not a striker. All his goals, all his best moments are on that left-hand side. Whether that’s outside left or whether that’s inside left, that’s where he plays. He cannot play down the middle on his own

The first job is to get them characters of leadership, or people who can become leaders, back in at Old Trafford, back on that training ground. Because the inconsistency is an inconsistency of training day to day, Monday to Friday, where you need leaders continuously, continuously setting standards. When I look at that back four, David de Gea, [Wan-Bissaka] tremendous signing, Victor Lindelof getting better, Harry Maguire perfect, Luke Shaw, and the young boy Brandon Williams behind him is also a very, very good player. So the back five nice and solid and strong, what a base. You start from that, great base

2020 07 01 Retrieve

[Steve McClaren turns down opportunity to take charge at Dundee United] Tony Asghar and I had a great meeting regarding the manager’s job at Dundee United. I am very impressed with the clubs structure, philosophy and ambition and I’m sure they will be very successful. I have a great desire to be managing and coaching again and it is disappointing that this chance comes at the wrong time for me. I wish Tony and the board the best of luck in bringing the club and its fans the success they deserve.