Steve McClaren is set to join Erik ten Hag’s backroom staff at Manchester United and complete his return to the club after more than 20 years.
McClaren, 61, was Sir Alex Ferguson’s No.2 at Old Trafford between 1999 and 2001, a period which saw the Manchester giants land the treble and two other Premier League titles.
Since leaving United, he has operated in a number of different roles within the professional game including managing Derby County, Middlesbrough and the England national team.
For the past year, he has been working with Derby as a part-time senior adviser and has reportedly been looking for a new coaching role.
However, according to The Times, McClaren is ‘likely’ to join Ten Hag at United next season despite the club’s best efforts to block his comeback with influential members of the club’s hierarchy initially holding reservations.
In 2008, McClaren worked with Ten Hag at FC Twente and the duo continue to enjoy a strong relationship together.
It is thought United’s new manager values the insight McClaren could offer him in his first season in English football.
One of Ten Hag’s top priorities at the Red Devils this summer is to bring in new faces to freshen up the squad.
This week, McClaren was reportedly present alongside Ten Hag and Mitchell van der Gagg, the Ajax assistant who is also set to join the club, to talk with United director John Murtagh about summer transfer targets.
The likes of Declan Rice, Frenkie de Jong and Harry Kane have been rumoured as possible signings for United when the window opens in June.
However, with no Champions League football next season and the club nearly five years without a trophy, the Manchester giants are a harder sell than they used to be.
Meanwhile, Ten Hag may have to raise transfer funds through player sales with United’s board looking to refrain from the huge spending sprees of years gone by.
A host of stars including Juan Mata, Nemanja Matic and Jesse Lingard are set to leave the club this summer on a free transfer but the likes of Aaron Wan-Bissaka could also be deemed surplus to requirements.
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