Ex-England boss Steve McClaren makes managerial return

Queens Park Rangers have announced Steve McClaren as the club’s new manager.

McClaren, 57, returns to Loftus Road – where he previously worked as a first-team coach – on a two-year deal following the exit of Ian Holloway.

McClaren has been out of work since parting company with Israeli outfit Maccabi Tel Aviv, where he had been employed as a coaching consultant, in December.

His last job in English football was a second spell at Derby where he was sacked in March 2017.

But Hoops chiefs believe that the former England coach can help the club kick on in the Championship next season, having finished 16th this term.

“It’s great to be back – and it’s a challenge that I’m excited by," said McClaren. "I must admit that I’ve followed the club closely over the last five years, because of the three months I had here.

"From the outside, I’ve seen the progress, work and changes that have gone on – especially over the last two years – in streamlining the squad and getting the budget down. The board and owners deserve credit for that

“The introduction of younger players has been a breath of fresh air and it’s exciting for the future.

“I like to play attractive, attacking football – and we’ve got young, hungry footballers here who can
play that way.

“The priority is to win football matches – but we want to win them in a certain style.”

McClaren spent three months at QPR under Redknapp in 2013, but left for his first spell at Derby in September of that year.

He has since spent two spells at Pride Park, with a stint at Newcastle sandwiched between.

Director of Football Les Ferdinand added: “We are delighted to bring Steve to the club.

“He has a fantastic reputation in the game for coaching and developing players. When you look at the average age of our squad, and the exciting young talent starting to emerge, he is the perfect fit for us.

“We want Steve to use his expertise and experience to help our players grow. We are delighted with this appointment and, speaking with Steve, I know how excited he is to be here and how determined he is to be a success.”

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