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McClaren: No To Maccabi TLV (18/08/2017)

Maccabi Tel Aviv fails to snag one of the most experienced English football managers

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Steve McClaren (Source: The FA/Action Images)

After considerable handwringing, former England manager Steve McClaren appears to have turned down an assistant manager position offered to him at Maccabi Tel Aviv for “personal reasons.”

McClaren has been out of a job since he was fired as manager for Derby County after a disastrous season in 2015.

Maccabi’s current manager Jordi Cruyff was reportedly behind the offer to come to Israel. Cruyff met McClaren while playing for Manchester United back in 1999, when the Englishman worked as assistant manager for Manchester over three successful seasons.

Following his short stint at Manchester, McClaren went on to coach England for a rough 16 months between 2006 and 2007, during which England failed to qualify for Euro 2008.

McClaren has also been eyeing a spot at Tynecastle Park to replace Ian Cathro, but appeared to turn it down in favor of Cruyff’s offer.

One traveler managed to snap a picture of an impatient McClarren at the visa checkpoints in Ben Gurion Airport earlier this month.

Now it seems the Heart’s offer is back on the table for the well-experienced McClaren.

When asked about the offer by the Scottish Sun, McClaren said he was “not committed to going anywhere” and that he is still “open-minded as regards any offers come my way.”

Meanwhile, British striker Nick Blackman may be moving to Maccabi Tel Aviv after a lackluster three years at Derby County.


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