McClaren in running for England role as technical director in new training centre
23:46 GMT, 27 March 2012
Runner: Steve McClaren is in contention for the position
Steve McClaren could return to the FA – in the technical director role which could shape the future of English football.
It is understood the former England manager, now in charge for a second spell at FC Twente in Holland, would be interested in the position, which opened for applications yesterday.
FA officials insisted it was an ‘open process’ and they want applications from around the world. But McClaren, 50, would be seen as a serious candidate given the respect he retains as a modern, forward thinking coach who responded to his England flop by guiding FC Twente to the Dutch league title.
Senior FA officials now accept the 50-year-old was appointed too early by England.
He led Middlesbrough to the League Cup and a European final, but his England reign ended in failure to qualify for Euro 2008.
It’s been 10 years since Howard Wilkinson quit as technical director, but the FA now want another experienced manager to head up the new national football centre at St George’s Park, near Burton.
The new man will report to Sir Trevor Brooking, the FA’s director of football development, and lead the drive to make St George’s Park a centre of excellence for English coaches.