Simon Jordan has slammed Manchester United’s reported interest in Steve McClaren, after the former England manager was linked with a return to Old Trafford this summer.
Erik ten Hag takes over at Old Trafford after almost five years at Ajax and reports suggest the 52-year-old is set to add McClaren to his backroom squad.
McClaren was Sir Alex Ferguson’s assistant at United between 1999 and 2001 with his last managerial job coming in 2019 when he was sacked by Queens Park Rangers after a 15-game winning streak.
Jordan was surprised by the ties and told talkSPORT he believes McClaren’s best days are firmly behind him.
“Steve McClaren is a very nice guy but I’ve watched him at every club he’s joined over the last 10 years.
“It was a disaster and I think his day is over,” said the former Crystal Palace chairman.
“Look at the contributions to the clubs he’s been to; be it Derby County or Newcastle or be it Nottingham Forest. These are all situations that have never worked out well.
“I think some of the things he says are not the most intuitive. I think he was once a very good manager under an exceptional manager at Manchester United and he had his moment in the sun at Middlesbrough, where he did a reasonable job there.
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Despite his opposition to McClaren’s return, Jordan believes his time in charge of FC Twente in the Netherlands has made him a candidate for Ten Hag’s coaching staff.
“There may be a reason for his [McClaren’s] participation. You bring a Dutch coach to the football club, he is [McClaren] managed in Holland, understands the mentality, also understands Manchester United – once upon a time,” added Jordan.
“This is not the Manchester United that Steve McClaren was lucky enough to be involved in, this is a different Manchester United.
“I don’t know what they are basing this current recruitment of Steve McClaren on – FC Twente is not Manchester United.”
Jordan went on and criticized the former England manager’s record over the past decade, describing it as mediocre.
“I look at Steve McClaren and I think there’s nothing about you and what you say and what you’ve done in the last 10 years of your management career.
“Whether it’s bouncing from Nottingham Forest or Derby to Queens Park Rangers and Newcastle; the things you said and the teams you produced and the picks you made and the advice you gave were all, in my opinion, poor.
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