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Ex-England Boss McClaren Linked With Town
Sunday, 25th Mar 2018 10:16

Former England boss Steve McClaren is claimed to be top of Town owner Marcus Evans’s list of potential successors to Mick McCarthy.

The current Blues boss is expected to leave at the end of the season with his contract up in the summer and, according to a report in The Sun on Sunday, Evans hopes to tempt McClaren, 56, to Portman Road.

The former Middlesbrough, FC Twente, Wolfsburg, Derby, Nottingham Forest and Newcastle manager is without a job at present having ended a short spell as a coaching consultant with Maccabi Tel Aviv at the end of last year.

McClaren’s name is unlikely to be the last speculatively linked with Town in the weeks to come with McCarthy’s summer departure now appearing inevitable.

As previously reported, Evans is believed to be keen on former skipper and coach Tony Mowbray, who he has twice come close to appointing Blues boss in the past, however, the 54-year-old is currently riding high in League One with Blackburn Rovers and might prove difficult to prise away from Ewood Park.

Ex-Manchester United defender Jaap Stam, 45, who was sacked by Reading earlier in the week, is also understood to be among those in Evans’s thoughts as he looks to appoint McCarthy’s replacement.

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Currie10 added 10:21 - Mar 25
Oh christ.

Pro = plays open expansive footy.

Cons = guys a melt / would require a budget / clueless.


toxtethblue added 10:25 - Mar 25

I_AM_GOD added 10:30 - Mar 25
What's the phrase that was used recently - "be careful for what you wish for?"

StuartBrett8 added 10:33 - Mar 25
Can't wait for Schteves suffolk accent :)

irishtim added 10:34 - Mar 25
No Prefer a decent budget and stick with Mick. Give him 10 million plus our youth and he attracts decent loans = top 6. plus sort the pitch can't play decent footie on it.

itfcserbia added 10:35 - Mar 25
No, not him. Can't even imagine what would he do with the budget McCarthy was given.

algarvefan added 10:35 - Mar 25
Out of those, it would have to be Tony Mowbray for me, knows the club and has feelings for it.

Taricco_Fan added 10:38 - Mar 25
Oh god no!

toxtethblue added 10:39 - Mar 25
Iamgod, yeah that one's easy. Someone other than MM and Stevie McC. Next!!
And no sticking with MM under any circumstances is not an option!!

Superblue95 added 10:39 - Mar 25
Hahahaha hahahaha

DurhamTownFan added 10:48 - Mar 25
Maybe we’re gonna be linked with loads of really awful options over the next few weeks as a way of making MMs new contract sound like good news!


hucks216 added 10:56 - Mar 25
Can't say I would be happy with any of the names mentioned so far. Mowbray didn't exactly set the world on fire at Coventry and Middlesbrough and while he is doing well with Blackburn even McClaren had a good stint at Middlesbrough before things went pear shaped for him.

GerkensBeard added 10:58 - Mar 25
Plays a similar style to Joe Royle. Who here remembers before his appointment all 4 stands singing stand up if you hate Joe Royle? 👀 Lets face it whoever comes in we’re gonna slate and write off before a balls been kicked. Look forward to seeing who that will be

dukey44 added 11:22 - Mar 25

tpsontour added 11:24 - Mar 25
Is this the same Steve McLaren who steered megabucks Derby to a catastrophic late season collapse, finishing 8th - enabling Mick to sneak 6th for us on a shoestring? The one sacked for failing at Forest, Derby (twice) and Newcastle?

The main thing Evans' previous appointments - Keane, Jewell and Mick - have in common is a Championship promotion on their CV. He's never paid compensation to poach another club's manager and after the Keane fiasco, it would appear Evans now values Championship experience most of all.

So in all likelihood in a classic case of 'Be careful what you wish for' those who have hounded Mick out of the club fantasising about a 'progressive young manager' will now be saddling us with a has been like McLaren, Pardew, Pearson, McDermott.

TimmyH added 11:27 - Mar 25
aaaaaarrrggggghhhhhhhhh!!!! - no thanks, the wally with the brolly!

northernblues added 11:28 - Mar 25
Has mucus evans got his football manager who's who book out again

hollywoodginge added 11:34 - Mar 25
My concern would be what he achieved or didn't at Derby with much better players and spent an absolute fortune!! It's all academic for me though, I don't see any truth to this. Apparently, heard this from someone that was there in the directors box the last two games, Shefki appeared to be a very popular guest of Milne, it was almost flirtatious behaviour from the latter, so I'm told. I could see that happening at some point. Although I'm not convinced by the prospect of it.

wherescounago added 11:36 - Mar 25
NNNNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOO, Tony Mowbray is the only man for the job to my mind but I fear that if Blackburn win promotion they will fight tooth and nail to keep him.

BluePatriot added 11:39 - Mar 25
I’m on my Knees right now
Please please NO NO NO !!!!🙏🏼

Dissboyitfc added 11:47 - Mar 25
Careful what you wish for! i dont wish for McClaren but wish for McCarthy to go! Dont want another McC as manager thank you!

emergencylime added 11:53 - Mar 25
I thought shrewd business was about taking risks, not repeating the same process and expecting different results.

I am not a businessman sovi could be wrong about that, but inhardly see the season ticket website crashing at the prospect of another ‘safe’ manager.

pegasus added 12:03 - Mar 25
ALL of this is very worrying. We keep seeing a checklist of yesterday's men. Where is the knowledge about the contemporary football scene within the top echelons of the club? The evidence seems to suggest that it's younger coaches with imagination who have cut their teeth in the lower divisions who, when given the chance in the Championship or Division One, really grab it. We might also learn something from history. Where were Bobby Robson and George Burley managing before they came to Ipswich?

Trac70 added 12:04 - Mar 25
There is also a rumour that Kuqi is in the frame!!! Allegedly he has been spoken too about the job. Out of the above list I can't see a young keen manager. Oh dear. If the forth coming appointment does actually happen it needs to right for the long term future of our club.

tractorboybig added 12:06 - Mar 25
If true??? then evans you are a bigger dicky than I already think

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