Stephen "Steve" McClaren (born 3 May 1961) is an English professional football manager and former player who was recently the manager of Derby County. McClaren served as manager of the England national team from August 2006 to November 2007. He was sacked when England failed to qualify for UEFA Euro 2008.
McClaren's managerial career began at Middlesbrough in the Premier League, who won the League Cup in 2004 and were runners-up in the 2006 UEFA Cup. In 2008, McClaren became manager of Twente, with whom he won the club's first Eredivisie championship in the 2009–10 season. He then worked as manager of VfL Wolfsburg in Germany between May 2010 and February 2011. After a short spell as manager of Nottingham Forest, he returned to Twente in January 2012.
Despite his successes at Manchester United, where he had been assistant manager to Sir Alex Ferguson from 1999 to 2001, and Middlesbrough, he was strongly criticised by the English media following England's failure to qualify for Euro 2008. McClaren's time in charge at Twente saw his professional reputation recover somewhat after he managed them to the Eredivisie title for the first time since their founding in 1965, though he was subsequently dismissed from VfL Wolfsburg and Nottingham Forest.
McClaren's return to Twente was initially greeted with enthusiasm and the club was deemed to be one of the favourites to the 2012–13 Eredivisie championship at the start of the season. After unsuccessful results, however, McClaren resigned his position on 26 February 2013. Within seven months, he was back in management with Derby County, the club where he had once been assistant manager. In May 2015, McClaren was sacked by Derby. On 10 June 2015, McClaren was appointed as head coach of Newcastle United on a three-year deal, and was sacked on 11 March 2016. He returned to Derby on 12 October 2016 before being sacked for a second time by the club 5 months later on March 12th, 2017.Close