Steve McClaren Named as New Wolfsburg Manager

Andrew EwingContributor IMay 11, 2010

ARNHEM, NETHERLANDS - AUGUST 13:  Manager of FC Twente Steve McCLaren and manager of Arsenal Arsene Wenger shake hands during the UEFA Champions League 3rd Qualifying Round, first leg match between FC Twente and Arsenal at the Gelredome Arena on August 13, 2008 in Arnhem, Netherlands.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
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Former England manager Steve McClaren has signed a two-year deal to become manager of German club Wolfsburg.

Having recently led Dutch side FC Twente to their first ever league title, McClaren has successfully rebuilt his career in Dutch football after he was sacked as England boss.

McClaren's reputation was boosted from his time at FC Twente and Wolfsburg moved quickly to secure a manager in demand.

McClaren served as assistant to Jim Smith at Derby County and Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United before beginning his managerial career at Middlesbrough in 2001. He led Middlesbrough to their first ever trophy, the 2004 Carling Cup, their highest ever league finish—seventh—and a UEFA Cup final in 2006.

Despite a 4-0 defeat at the hands of Sevilla, McClaren was named England manager, succeeding Sven-Goran Eriksson, in August 2006.

His time as England manager lasted just 18 games. A 3-2 defeat at Wembley by Croatia meant England failed to qualify for the European Championships in 2008. McClaren was duly dubbed the "wally with the brolly" by the English press.

FC Twente gave McClaren the opportunity to rebuild his career and were rewarded with the Eredivisie title.

Wolfsburg were not the only team to take notice of how impressive that feat was. McClaren had also been linked with a move back to the Premiership with West Ham.

Wolfsburg won the Bundesliga title in 2009 but finished a disappointing eighth this campaign, 20 points behind champions Bayern Munich. They were also knocked out of the Europa League at the quarter-final stage this season after a 3-1 aggregate defeat by finalists Fulham.

McClaren's first challenge will keeping hold of Wolfsburg highly-rated stars such as Edin Dzeko, Grafite, Josue, Zvjezdan Misimovic, and Andrea Barzagli.