McClaren wants a job after Israel stint with Cruyff

Ian Watson

Former England boss Steve McClaren is ready to manage once again after returning from a spell in Israel.

The 56-year-old, who parted company with Derby for the second time in March last year, is back in the country after five months working as a consultant to Maccabi Tel Aviv boss Jordi Cruyff and is currently being linked with the vacancy at Sheffield Wednesday.

Asked about the link, McClaren told Sky Sports News: “Out of sight, out of mind, so I’ve come back to get more in sight and in mind. I want to manage again, I am motivated to do that, especially after five months in Tel Aviv.

“I want to come back and manage, either here or abroad.”

McClaren left Maccabi last week with chief executive Ben Mansford revealing he had done so to “pursue other opportunities”.

He did so having stayed longer than he initially expected.

McClaren said: “I went over helping Jordi Cruyff as a consultant, really, just hoping to work three or four days over there, and it ended up full-time. I ended up being his assistant, coaching on the field and being at the side of him on the bench.

“It’s been a wonderful experience. Israel – Tel Aviv especially – is a special place. Football-wise, I experienced European football again, Europa League; we won a cup, which was the first trophy they had won in three years, the League Cup, and I experienced so many different things.

“Spanish staff, Spanish way of playing – it was a great experience and great learning.”