Ex-England boss McClaren joins QPR coaching staff

The Rs boss Harry Redknapp has added the former Manchester United assistant manager to his ranks as he looks to guide his side back to the Premier League at the first attempt
QPR boss Harry Redknapp has added Steve McClaren to his backroom team as the club prepare to push for promotion back to the Premier League.

McClaren previously enjoyed a role as Sir Alex Ferguson’s assistant in Manchester United treble-winning success in the 1998-99 season before a first managerial role at Middlesbrough

A short-lived spell as England manager ended with failure to qualify for Euro 2008, only to win the Eredivisie at FC Twente two years later, but Redknapp is delighted to have recruited someone of McClaren's talents to call upon in the Championship.

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"I am delighted to have been able to bring Steve in," Redknapp told the club's official website. "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."

And McClaren has pinpointed promotion success as his main aim following his arrival at Loftus Road before thanking Redknapp for the opportunity to continue working in footbal.

"I'm delighted to take up this position offered to me by Harry and QPR," he added. "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."