Steve McClaren back at Derby as he is appointed Technical Director

Steve McClaren back at Derby for his FOURTH spell as former England manager is appointed Technical Director and advisor to the new board

  • Steve McClaren is in line to return to Derby County in an advisory position 
  • The 59-year-old has previously managed the Rams in 2013-15 and 2016-17 
  • McClaren is to return as Technical Director for Derventio Holdings (UK) Limited 

Former England boss Steve McClaren is returning to Derby County as Technical Director to the board. 

BBC Radio Derby reported on Tuesday that McClaren, who has had two spells in charge of the Rams, heads back to Pride Park in an advisory role for the prospective new owners. 

Current owner Mel Morris is in the process of selling the Championship side to Abu Dhabi royal Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed Al Nehayan in a £60million deal.  

Steve McClaren is returning to Derby County as a Technical Director to the new owners

Derby are being bought by Abu Dhabi royal Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed Al Nehayan for £60million

McClaren spent time at Derby as a player from 1985 to 1988 and managed them in two spells, from 2013 to 2015 and for one year in 2016-17 season. 

His return would see him provide a sounding board for new owners Derventio Holdings, the company set up to manage the takeover of Sheikh Khaled.  

Sheikh Khaled, a senior member of the Abu Dhabi Royal Family and a cousin of Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour, is ready to take control of the club after the EFL gave the green light to the sale.  

The prospective owner is the cousin of Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour (middle)

A statement from Derby earlier in the month read: ‘These talks progressed to the point where a deal has, in principle, been agreed between the two parties. 

‘The club’s submission under the Owners and Director’s test for Derventio was approved by the EFL board on Thursday.

‘Derventio Holdings (UK) Limited, whose ultimate controlling entity is Bin Zayed International LLC, owned by Sheikh Khaled Zayed Bin Saquer Zayed Al Nayhan, may now proceed with the transaction, which is expected to close very soon.’   

Derby are currently rock bottom in the Championship with just one win from their opening 12 games. 

Wayne Rooney, who played under McClaren with England, Liam Rosenior, Shay Given and Justin Walker form the temporary staff managing the side after Phillip Cocu was sacked following a disastrous start to the season. 

The proposed £60m deal would end the five-year reign of current owner Mel Morris (left)

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