Steve McClaren set to return to Man Utd as Erik ten Hag's assistant despite club initially REJECTING request

STEVE McCLAREN is reportedly set to become Erik ten Hag’s Manchester United assistant – despite the club initially REJECTING their new manager’s request.

The Red Devils confirmed Ten Hag as their new boss earlier today.

And the current Ajax boss will start his Old Trafford role this summer after penning a three-year deal.

However, there is still no announcement over Ten Hag’s backroom staff.

It’s believed he wants to bring Ajax No2 Mitchell van der Gaag and former England boss McClaren to Old Trafford.

But the Telegraph claims United had been resisting Ten Hag's calls to give McClaren a job.


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Ten Hag had been asked to first evaluate United’s current options before requesting any drastic changes to staff.

However, it's now said that Red Devils chiefs have given in to Ten Hag's demands.

And McClaren is now on the verge of a stunning return to the Premier League.

The 60-year-old served as Sir Alex Ferguson’s assistant from 1999 to 2001.

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And Ten Hag, who in turn was McClaren’s No2 at FC Twente, believes he brings unrivalled experience of the English game.

Meanwhile, United remain in negotiations with Ajax for Van der Gaag.

Their current backroom is already packed with the likes of Darren Fletcher, Eric Ramsay and Mike Phelan.

But McClaren is now set to become a part of Ten Hag's Oranje revolution at the Theatre of Dreams.

As well as England, McClaren has also managed the likes of Middlesbrough, Derby and Newcastle.

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His most recent spell in the dugout came at QPR, where he was sacked in 2019.

And up until September, McClaren was serving as technical director at crisis club Derby.

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