Steve McClaren is set to strengthen Maccabi Tel Aviv’s coaching staff after the 56-year-old former England Manager agreed to take-up a coaching consultant role at club.
McClaren, who managed England during the EURO 2008 qualifying campaign, will re-join Jordi Cruyff who was a player under him during their time at Manchester United when McClaren was Alex Fergusson’s assistant between 1999-2001.
Maccabi’s owner Mitch Goldhar, told the clubs’ official website: “Steve McClaren has a wealth of knowledge and is vastly experienced at the highest levels of European football. We are delighted to add a person of his calibre to our staff on a coaching consultant role as we are all sure he can contribute to Maccabi Tel Aviv’s coaching and playing staff”.
McClaren, who watched Maccabi’s Toto Cup victory over Hapoel Ra’anana and was present at the opening league match against Beitar Jerusalem in Netanya, added: “It’s a pleasure to start working with Jordi at his new role as coach at Maccabi from his previous one as Sports Director. I have known him since the time we spent together at Manchester United and we have been in touch over the past couple of years. I have huge respect for such a well known club both in Israel and in Europe and i intend to help Jordi and the players achieve success for the fans this season”.
Prior to the England job, McClaren won the League Cup with Middlesbrough in 2004 and after his spell as manager of the Three Lions which saw him held to a 0-0 draw by Israel at Ramat Gan before recording a 3-0 victory at the return fixture at Wembley stadium, McClaren, moved to Holland to coach Twente. In his first season at Twente, McClaren guided the team to the runners up spot and Cup finalists only to better that achievement the following season with a first league title for Twente in 2010.
Spells as Manager of VFL Wolfsburg, Nottingham Forrest and a second stint at FC Twente, saw McClaren return to Pride Park to the club he played for and made his first managerial footsteps before manging Newcastle United in 2015 and returning once again to manage Derby County in 2016.