By Danny Wright
Steve McClaren has revealed that he was once told not to attend an interview to become Aston Villa manager due to the amount of protests from the club’s supporters.
The former England and Newcastle boss says that after a spell in the Netherlands he was due to travel to the West Midlands club but his plans were cut short after the fans had heard that he was being linked with the club.
The 56-year-old spent two spells with Eredivise side Twente where he surprisingly won the 2010 league title.
Since returning to England for the second time, McClaren has had two spells at Derby and a very unfortunate stint at Newcastle.
“I think it was just after I got back from Holland I was going for a job at Aston Villa. I think the supporters got wind of it and there was big protest about it,” said the ex-Middlesbrough boss on BBC 5 Live in a video on their official Twitter page.
"Message boards cost me the #AVFC job"
Steve McClaren on how his 'baggage' from managing in Holland impacted on future opportunities. pic.twitter.com/coJgwyHz9k
— BBC 5 live Sport (@5liveSport) May 9, 2017
“I was about to take the train to Aston Villa and I got a phone call saying there’s too many message board messages that are ‘anti-McClaren’ and don’t bother getting on the train.
“I think as you’re in your own country you are labelled. Once you get baggage, and more baggage and more baggage you get labelled.”
The York-born manager is currently without a job after he was sacked by Derby in March to be replaced by Gary Rowett.
A very poor time in charge of England has contributed heavily to the reputation that McClaren now has as he failed to secure qualification to the 2008 European Championships.
His England spell forced a move abroad as no domestic club was willing to take him on – something which might be behind the Villa’s fans protests for him to stay away from their club.
In other Aston Villa news, Libor Kozak has sent a message to the fans after his departure was confirmed.