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COMMENT: As soon as Erik ten Hag was given the Manchester United job, it was always a question of when, not if, Steve McClaren got a mention, writes PHIL THOMAS.

It was hardly the toughest joining of the dots when the guessing game began over his backroom team.

Ten Hag had, after all, worked alongside McClaren at Twente and the two have remained close ever since.

And given McClaren’s background — two years as Sir Alex Ferguson’s assistant in the glory years — it was something of a no-brainer to many.


Even Fergie himself said the man who went on to become England manager was a key figure at the time. But the key word in that is ‘was’.

Of course, it’s easy to see the benefits of Ten Hag having ‘insider’ knowledge alongside him, as he gets to know his new employers and the sheer enormity of the place. But without decrying McClaren’s qualifications, isn’t there a more obvious candidate out there?

Someone whose Old Trafford links are a lot more recent than the two decades that have passed since Steve was in the dugout?

A man now carving his own impressive reputation on the coaching side, hugely respected for all he achieved as a player and winning a new set of admirers in one of the toughest jobs in football.

What United need now more than ever is to be moving forward. A club desperate to create a new pathway, a new future, hopefully a new dynasty,

So wouldn’t it make more sense for Ten Hag to pick up the phone and ask Wayne Rooney if he would be interested in joining his coaching team?


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