By Richard Parks
Ex-England manager Steve McClaren is looking to buy a Championship club after watching a number of Leeds United matches – and has “serious cash” from mystery backers, according to a report.
The Sun on Sunday claim that McClaren, 56, is considering a shock different route back into football after being out of work since a coaching consultancy role at Israeli side Maccabi Tel Aviv came to an end in December.
It is said that the former Newcastle United, Middlesbrough, Derby County and FC Twente manager is fronting a mystery group of investors who want to take over a team in the Championship and who have some “serious cash” at their disposal.
The Sun report that McClaren has been given orders to find the right outfit and has been scouring for a suitable target since leaving Maccabi Tel Aviv”.
It adds that McClaren “wants an upstairs role at a club – but this time it could be with people he brings in to provide finance”.
The experienced manager has attended a series of recent Leeds matches and was linked with taking over as manager in the immediate wake of Thomas Christiansen’s sacking last Sunday before Paul Heckingbottom landed the job.
The Sun claim United’s current owners are not looking to sell the club at the current time, but that does not mean McClaren is not interested in a shock takeover.
McClaren’s last role in England was with the Rams, where he was sacked last March. When he left Maccabi Tel Aviv, the club’s chief executive, Ben Mansford, said it was because “Steve decided to pursue other options”.
McClaren’s last role in England was at Derby, where he was sacked last March.
When he left Maccabi Tel Aviv, the club’s chief executive, Ben Mansford, said it was because “Steve decided to pursue other options”.
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