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Could Steve McClaren Really Return As England Manager?

England's Steve McClaren looks on Photo via Newscom
Trevor Brooking has today claimed that Steve McClaren could one day return as the manger of the England side. With Fabio Capello already stating that he will leave his position with the FA after the 2012 European Championships, and the FA insisting that an Englishmen will replace him, could ‘The Wally with the Brolly’ really return?

For me no. Regrettably  I can recall been stood at a rain-soaked Wembley on a cold November night and watching McClaren’s England spectacular humiliation  against Croatia. The 3-2 defeat saw the Three Lions fail to qualify for Euro 2008. My memory of the night may be a bit a hazy after the game, mainly due to the need drown my sorrows, but that feeling of failure has remained etched in my mind since then.

To be fair to McClaren he has managed to pick his career up off the floor in the years that have passed. A successful spell in Holland saw him win the Dutch Eredivisie in his second season with FC Twente. McClaren followed up this success with a move to the Bundesliga with Wolfsburg and after a slow start results are beginning to improve their.

FA Director of Football Development Trevor Brooking believes that McClaren’s experience of managing on the continent could really be an advantage should he wish to give managing his national side a second chance.

He said: “Steve has done fantastic to get a title (with FC Twente). PSV and Ajax are usually the sides in Holland who do that and now Wolfsburg are picking up. It is a big challenge and it is great for an English coach.

“Could Steve do the England job again? I am sure if he continues to be a success his name will be in the frame again. I wouldn’t rule anybody out.”

While McClaren’s recovery has been impressive I still feel the scepticism that would surround his appointment would be far too great for him to ever be a success, and while the other options aren’t great, I still think we shouldn’t take a step backwards and turn to a manager who has previously failed.

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  1. Steve

    October 28, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    This man was the worst England manager of all time and should no way be let near the England job again. Most England fans argue which players should be picked but all agreed a flat back 4 was fine this tit played 5 at the back an untested formation against the strongest team in our group away from home and surprise surprise we lost. Had players not got injured and he then gambled and picked others he would have been sacked during qualifying. This man is a terrible manager who gambles rather than using good management skill or judgement. The reason he went abroad is because no club in this country would touch him.

  2. unclesand

    October 7, 2010 at 11:45 pm

    If the FA want an englishman, i can think of no better candidate than mcclaren, with the possible exception of stuart pearce. he has proved what an excellent coach he is at fc twente and i believe he will do the same at wolfsburg. the problem first time round was that he was too chummy with some of the players that formed the core of eriksson’s team. most of them will have moved on by the time capello goes and mcclaren is older and wiser now.

    hodgson and redknapp are too old. i would give the job to mcclaren next and leave killer in charge of the U21’s. he would be next in line in my mind. it’s funny how we only take into account success at club level when discussing future england managers. killer has been to a world cup and euro semi-final as a player and coached the U21’s to a euro final where they were beaten by an excellent german side containing ozul and khedeira. international football is a different kettle of fish from club football and killer has all the credentials to manage england.

  3. Dave C

    October 6, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    I actually think it might be a decent idea – if the FA is determined to hire an English manager to succeed Capello, I think McLaren could be a prime candidate.

    He’s won something (more than any other English manager in the game, and that’s at least equal an achievement to Martin o’Neill’s success with Celtic in my opinion).
    He’s got experience of working in foreign football and champions league football.
    And this is the unique part – he already has experience of being England manager (no other candidate can say this!), and I’m sure he’d make a better job of it the second time around.

    For what it’s worth, I didn’t support his appointment the first time round, but out of the available options, I think he could be our best choice this time round…

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