English coaching legend has moved to add experience to his back room by adding former English National Team manager, Steve McClaren, as assistant manager at QPR for the upcoming 2013/14 season.
Redknapp faces a challenge he hasn’t had to deal with in quite some time: bringing a just-relegated team back to the premiership. A talent laden QPR struggled last season to perform as everyone expected, and failed to produce the results that would keep them in the top flight of English football. The result was relegation at the end of the campaign and they will spend their next season in the Championship battling their way back to the BPL.
McClaren comes from experience to be sure, and should bring some innovative out of the box thinking to Redknapp’s Rangers, something that will be needed if they are to get back to the top flight. McClaren first made a name for himself at Manchester United when he joined the recently retired football great Sir Alex Ferguson as assistant manager in the 1998/99 season, helping the club win the coveted treble. He later joined the England national team in 2000 under Peter Taylor and later Sven-Goran Eriksson, whom he would later replace as head boss. McClaren has also had head managerial experience at Middlesborough FC, Dutch side Twente, Vfl Wolfsburg in the Bundelsiga, and Nottingham Forrest.
In a recent FC Business article, Redknapp commented about his recent addition to his managerial team:
Everyone in the game knows what a top coach he is and he’ll add something different to the group, regardless of how long he is with us for. This is a very important season for us and I wanted to look at freshening up the whole place, not just the playing side. I want new ideas, different opinions and another experienced head to speak to. That’s what Steve brings. Along with Kevin (Bond) and Joe (Jordan) I’ve got a brilliant backroom team and their input is going to be so important for me this season. Steve adds to the excellent staff I already have here.
Redknapp will want all of the experienced minds in his corner that he can get with the task that lays before him. It was a disappointing first go of it for him at Loftus Road in the 2012/13 season finishing at the bottom of the table with only 25 points (4W, 13D, 21L). If he hopes to lead his Rangers back to the top of English football, he’ll need men like McClaren. The new addition was excited about his new post and commented:
I’m delighted to take up this position offered to me by Harry and QPR. Whilst it still remains my ambition to manage again this gives me an ideal opportunity to stay involved and work on the field with one of the top managers in this country and a very ambitious club. Rest assured, I’ll be doing all I can for Harry, the club and the fans to help QPR return to the Premier League.
It may not seem like the best scenario to some, in terms of longevity, for Redknapp’s backroom at QPR, given that McClaren’s ultimate goal is to manage a club again. It may be hard for McClaren to put his whole heart into a role if his true desires lay elsewhere. However, for the time being, it certainly will not hurt having him around in the locker room and on the bench with the squad. We’ll see if McClaren and Redknapp can get their lads to live up to their potential this time around.
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