Have I entered some weird time warp where this would be considered anything other than complete madness?
Steve McClaren could manage the England national team again, according to the Football Association’s director of football development Trevor Brooking.
McClaren was in charge of England for 17 months before being sacked after failing to qualify for Euro 2008.
But, he has since led FC Twente to the Dutch title and now manages Wolfsburg.
“Could Steve do the England job again? I am sure if he continues to be a success his name will be in the frame again,” said Brooking.
“If you think he will be a lot more experienced this time around and he has learnt his lesson, then why not?
“I wouldn’t rule out anyone. I think it would be very unfair to do that.” (BBC Sport)
OK, I get it that Steve McClaren has done a decent job since leaving English shores but It does seem that some are getting a little carried away. The former Middlesbrough did a pretty woeful job as England boss in his first stint and since then he went to Holland and won the title with FC Twente which is no mean feat but for the 49 year old Yorkshireman to be tipped to take the job for a second time is a little curious.
He is getting a good name for himself on the continent and it will be interesting to see what he does with Wolfsburg in what is arguably becoming one of the best quality leagues in Europe. Thus far he has been something of a mixed bag as a manager in the Bundesliga so to put him in the running to take over from Fabio is a little premature.
Trevor Brooking always struck me as a sensible man and these statements are very much unlike him. Actually I would prefer if the Director of Football was appointed as manager over McClaren and the West Ham legend had one great month as boss of the Upton Park side and that puts him slightly ahead of the Wally with a Brolly in my view.