Steve McClaren’s determination to repair his damaged reputation in England has seen him assume the position of manager of Nottingham Forest, joint fourth-favourites in the Championship title odds market.
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The former Middlesbrough manager had a disastrous time in charge of the England national team, with the Three Lions missing out on qualification for Euro 2008.
McClaren’s fate was sealed by a humiliating 3-2 home defeat to Croatia on a wet night at Wembley which led to him being labelled the Wally with the Brolly.
However, McClaren picked up a Dutch accent and rebuilt his reputation at FC Twente before moving on to Wolfsburg.
Relieved of his duties in February, McClaren has since been linked with a succession of jobs in the Premier League, including the vacant position at Aston Villa.
Yet Villa boss Randy Lerner decided not to interview McClaren for the job after taking note of supporter opposition to his appointment, suggesting the Yorkshireman would again be forced to look abroad to continue his career.
But Nottingham Forest have acted quickly to secure McClaren’s services following the sacking of Billy Davies, with chief executive Mark Arthur keen to take advantage of the 50-year-old’s availability.
“Steve has a proven track record of coaching and managing at club level, having played a key role in helping Manchester United secure the Champions League trophy, three Premier League titles and an FA Cup; guided Middlesbrough to the League Cup and also to the final of the UEFA Cup and led FC Twente to their first ever Dutch title,” he commented.
“We are delighted to have him on board at the City Ground.”
Given McClaren’s track record, the availability of funds and the fact that Forest have reached the play-off semi-finals for the last two years, odds on the two-time European Champions winning the Championship title look tempting.
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