“Steve McClaren was hard act to follow,” admits Steve McClaren
- By Football Burp
Freshly re-sacked Derby County manager Steve McClaren admits he struggled to follow in his own footsteps as Rams boss, but refuses to rule out replacing himself again if offered the job.
Derby handed McClaren his marching orders for a second time just months after reappointing him, and his sudden availability could make him an attractive proposition to replace himself.
As the first manager to both lead Middlesbrough to a European final and manage England with a brolly, McClaren’s CV remains beyond reproach.
He also led FC Twente to the Dutch Eredivisie title after inspiring his players with a comical impression of Martin Jol.
Speaking exclusively to Football Burp, McClaren confessed he found himself a tough act to follow at Pride Park.
He said: “There’s no two ways about it, my own shadow loomed large over myself.
“I wouldn’t say I was intimidated by my own achievements in the game, but on the other hand I absolutely would say that.
“Despite everything, if Derby were to re-offer me the job then it would be hard not to re-accept.
“They’re a great club, and I’m not being at all sarcastic when I say that.
“Moreover they know a good manager when they see, sack and reappoint one, so I’d just like to make it public that I’ll be waiting patiently by the blower.”