Ex-England soccer coach joins Maccabi Tel Aviv
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Ex-England soccer coach joins Maccabi Tel Aviv

Israel's most historically successful club announces Steve McClaren will join as a coaching consultant

English soccer coach Steve McClaren seen in 2012 while coaching Dutch squad Twente. (CC BY 2.0, Thomas Rodenbücher, Wikipedia)
English soccer coach Steve McClaren seen in 2012 while coaching Dutch squad Twente. (CC BY 2.0, Thomas Rodenbücher, Wikipedia)

Former England soccer coach Steve McClaren joined Israeli team Maccabi Tel Aviv as a coaching consultant Monday, the club announced.

The former Newcastle, Nottingham Forest and Wolfsburg boss, who managed England in 2006-7, will work with head coach Jordi Cruyff.

The two men know each other from Manchester United when McClaren was assistant to Alex Ferguson and Cruyff was playing between 1999 and 2001.

“It’s a pleasure to start working with Jordi,” McClaren said in a statement on the club’s website.

Former Dutch soccer player Jordi Cruyff (left) sits with the owner of Maccabi Tel Aviv soccer team Mitchell Goldhar during a game in Ashdod on Saturday (photo credit: Tsafrir Abayov/Flash90)
Former Dutch soccer player Jordi Cruyff (left) sits with the owner of Maccabi Tel Aviv soccer team Mitchell Goldhar during a game in Ashdod. (Tsafrir Abayov/Flash90)

“I have huge respect for such a well-known club both in Israel and in Europe and I intend to help Jordi and the players achieve success for the fans this season.”

The statement did not say how much time McClaren would spend in Israel or what exactly his role would entail.

Israel’s most historically successful club, Maccabi Tel Aviv finished second last year.

They began this year’s campaign with a 3-0 defeat at home to Beitar Jerusalem Sunday.

Illustrative image of Maccabi Tel Aviv soccer players on May 24, 2016. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Illustrative image of Maccabi Tel Aviv soccer players on May 24, 2016. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

McClaren was sacked as England manager in 2007 after only a year having failed to qualify for the 2008 European Championships.

He has since managed in Europe and England, winning the Dutch premier division with FC Twente.

His most recent role saw him sacked as Newcastle manager in the 2015/2016 season when they ended up being relegated.

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