Steve McClaren has been out of work since he was sacked by German club Wolfsburg on February 7th.
Steve McClaren – sharing knowledge of players with Pardew
The 49 year-old still has a house in Middlesbrough, a club he managed for a few seasons from 2001 through 2006, and it’s not surprising that he paid a visit to meet with Alan Pardew, who happens to be an old friend.
Steve went onto mange England for a brief and disastrous spell, and the took FC Twente to the Dutch Championship and then joined Wolfsburg last summer.
Alan Pardew talked about Steve today:
“He has just come up here to see what we are doing. He is an old mate, so it was a personal call. Have I picked his brains? Yes, exactly, that’s what I have done. “
“We are hopefully in the market in the summer and Steve has come across countless players in the last two or three years by working in Europe.”
“There are players I have asked him about and it is very important to have that kind of info from him.” “You just want to keep in touch and see what is going on.”
“I asked him what the Dutch league was about, this player and that player. And in Germany too.” “I got some great information from him, and that is purely it.”
Steve McClaren was picked by the FA to manage England in 2006, after Sven Eriksson left, and it seems the main reason he got the job, was that the FA, in their wisdom picked Steve because that seemed to upset the least number of people.
What a way to puck a manager, but the FA is hardly the most competent organization around, of course in fact they are fairly inept in most things they try to do, with the emphasis on try.
But Steve was an absolute disaster as England manager, and he was sacked after England failed to make the European 2008 tournament finals,
We’ll not even mention the FA taking the dismissal cause out of Capello’s contract, before the World Cup last summer, and then making it difficult to dismiss him after the World Cup debacle, because it would then have cost them a fortune.
It’s hard to even think things up as incompetent as that turned out to be,
That disastrous tenure by McClaren put a stop on any England manager being actually English.
Although it now seems almost odds on, that Harry Redknapp, who turned down the Newcastle job in January, 2008 will get the job, once Fabio Capello leaves after next year’s European Championships.
His tenure at Tottenham has been little short of miraculous, and he should be able to do a good job for England.