McClaren’s funniest moments from Brolly to Dutch accent ahead of Man Utd return

After almost two decades away, Steve McClaren is closing in on a sensational return to Manchester United.

The former England and Middlesbrough boss is set to return to the Premier League as one of Erik ten Hag's assistant coaches ahead of the upcoming season. The duo have meshed well previously, with Ten Hag assisting McClaren during his brief stint in Holland with FC Twente back in the 2008/09 campaign.

With McClaren believed to be on the verge of a spectacular return to the Premier League, Daily Star Sport has taken a look back at some of the 61-year-old's most iconic moments.

Wally with a Brolly

McClaren was handed the opportunity of a lifetime by the FA when he was given the England job back in 2006 – but his dream job quickly descended into a nightmare.

After serving as Sven-Goran Eriksson's assistant for four years, McClaren was the obvious choice after 'Big' Phil Scolari snubbed the role. But McClaren lasted just 16 months in the role after failing to qualify for Euro 2008. The Three Lions were in a qualifying group with Croatia, Russia, Israel, Macedonia, Estonia and Andorra – but they somehow managed to mess it up.

Unfortunately for McClaren, things came to a head on a miserable night at Wembley. England were beaten 3-2 by Croatia in a crunch decider played out in torrential conditions. All McClaren could do was watch on from the sidelines, bleakly, with a massive umbrella; earning him the nickname of 'Wally with a Brolly'. Unsurprisingly, he was given the boot by the FA just 24 hours after his hilarious touchline antics.

Dodgy Dutch accent

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After he was chopped by England, McClaren made the switch to FC Twente in Holland in a bid to kickstart his career – but he soon made headlines in his homeland.

Shortly after being appointed as Twente's new head coach, McClaren left everyone stunned by suddenly adopting a dodgy Dutch accent in a press conference. McClaren repeated the trick on more than one occasion despite being ridiculed by the British press.

Although McClaren's method raised eyebrows, he eventually had the last laugh. He managed to guide Twente to Eredivisie glory for the first and only time in their history back in the 2009/10 campaign. McClaren even completed his remarkable renaissance by being crowned as the Dutch manager of the year; a feat that helped him earn a move to the Bundesliga with Wolfsburg.

England reaction

Realistically, McClaren's horrific night with his brolly at Wembley should have been the end of his pain with England. However, he was left embarrassed on England duty again during his duties as a pundit for Sky at Euro 2016.

Nine years on from his failure in the dugout, McClaren was keeping an eye on England's knockout clash with Iceland for Sky Sports when he was left red-faced. Just seconds after insisting that things were going well for England and that there were "no problems" for Roy Hodgson's side, Iceland netted what would prove to be the winning goal to condemn the Three Lions to an embarrassing early exit.

In fairness to McClaren, he did say that Kolbeinn Sigthorsson – the player who bagged the winner – was "the only thing" Iceland had going for them. And at least he wasn't on the touchline himself this time, so… every cloud.

Derby training

After making his way back into English football with Derby County, McClaren went full David Brent during a training video that went viral.

Overseeing a relatively simple training drill, McClaren left the Rams players confused over their lefts and rights in a hilarious clip. Eventually the confusion was worked out – but not without some laughs.

Once again though, McClaren almost had the last laugh. During his time at Pride Park, the former England flop took Derby to the cusp of the Premier League – only for them to be denied in gut-wrenching fashion by his former employers, QPR.

Come on over

After failing to secure a golden ticket back to the Premier League with Derby, McClaren was handed a top-flight lifeline by Newcastle in the summer of 2015.

Unfortunately, McClaren failed to see out the season – but he did manage to add to his catalogue of iconic moments. After one positive result, McClaren was seen enthusiastically beckoning for someone to come over and join him multiple times. Spoiler alert: they didn't.

That was just one of a host of instantly meme-able moments that took place during his brief Magpies tenure.

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