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Steve McClaren

Steve McClaren
McClaren in 2008
Personal information
Full nameStephen McClaren
Date of birth3 May 1961(age 55)
Place of birthFulford, York, England
Playing positionMidfielder

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Stephen "Steve" McClaren (born 3 May 1961) is an English football manager and former player.

McClaren was previously manager of VfL Wolfsburg in Germany between May 2010 and February 2011, having left his post at Dutch side FC Twente, with whom he won the club's first Eredivisie championship in the 2009 10 season. His managerial career began at Middlesbrough in the Premier League, with whom he won the League Cup in 2004 and finished as runners-up in the UEFA Cup in 2006. McClaren served as Manager of England national football team from 1 August 2006 to 21 December 2007. He was appointed following the resignation of Sven-Göran Eriksson after the FIFA World Cup 2006. His tenure ended on 22 November 2007, when he was sacked after England failed to qualify for the 2008 UEFA European Football Championship. He was also assistant manager to Alex Ferguson when Manchester United won the Treble in 1999.

Following his successes at Manchester United and Middlesbrough, in which McClaren was viewed as a promising young coach, he was heavily vilified by the English media, in a similar personal manner as levelled at former manager Graham Taylor, following his failure to qualify for Euro 2008. He was dubbed 'The Wally with a Brolly', after his use of an umbrella to protect himself from rain during his final game in charge. McClaren's time in charge at FC Twente saw his professional reputation recover somewhat as a result of guiding them to their first Eredivisie title in 2010.

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