Wolves boss: Steve McClaren may suit job, says Peter Withe

Former England manager Steve McClaren could be the right man for the managerial vacancy at Molineux, says ex-Wolves striker Peter Withe.

McClaren, out of work since ending his second spell as boss of Dutch side FC Twente in February, has been linked with Wolves' new head coach role.

McClaren in the fast lane

  • 1995: Becomes assistant to Jim Smith at Derby after spell under him as Oxford youth team coach
  • Jan 1999: Moves to Man Utd as number two
  • Feb 2001: Joins Sven-Goran Eriksson's coaching set-up with England
  • June 2001: Appointed Middlesbrough boss
  • Feb 2004: Boro win Carling Cup, beating Bolton 2-1 in final
  • May 2006: Named as Eriksson's successor as England boss
  • Nov 2007: Sacked by England after failing to reach Euro 2008
  • June 2008: Back in management at FC Twente
  • May 2010: Wins Dutch title before switching to Bundesliga side Wolfsburg
  • Feb 2011: Parts company with Wolfsburg after poor results
  • June 2011: Appointed Forest boss
  • Oct 2011: Resigns at Forest after just 122 days in charge
  • Jan 2012: Reappointed FC Twente boss
  • Feb 2013: Leaves Twente for a second time

"He's got good coaching skills and good managerial skills," Withe told BBC WM.

"Any manager would want to take that job at this moment in time. They're at rock bottom. You can only go one way."

Appointing a third former England manager at Molineux might have an element of risk about it as Graham Taylor and Glenn Hoddle both lasted little more than 19 months.

And Wolves will be wary of the public outcry that followed McClaren being linked with the Aston Villa job in 2011, prior to Alex McLeish being appointed, and again at Nottingham Forest, where he lasted just 122 days.

But, having listened to the fans' opposition when they were on the brink of appointing Steve Bruce to succeed Mick McCarthy in February 2012, the board have since witnessed Bruce's Hull City side win promotion to the Premier League on the day Wolves' relegation to League One was confirmed.

McClaren successfully managed Middlesbrough in the Premier League for five years, prior to having his reputation sullied by 16 months in the England job in 2007.

After his first trophy-winning stay at FC Twente, followed by a less happy time in Germany at Wolfsburg, McClaren then returned to English football in 2011 in the Championship at Forest.

And taking over now at relegated Wolves would mean him dropping down to the third tier of English football for the first time since his playing days.

Peter Withe at Wolves

Peter Withe
  • Withe hit three goals in 17 league games in two seasons at Molineux as understudy to Derek Dougan between 1973 and 1975.
  • He went on to win the Football League twice, with Nottingham Forest and Aston Villa, for whom he scored the goal that won the European Cup against Bayern Munich in 1982.
  • Hit over 200 goals in a career that also took in Birmingham City (twice), Newcastle United, Sheffield United and Huddersfield Town, as well as earning him 11 England caps

But Withe insists: "I don't think he's worried about going to that level.

"It's a great challenge to someone.

"The reason Steve McClaren has been linked with this job is that it's a great opportunity to get back into football and prove to people how wrong they've been."

The former Hull City, Bristol City and Oxford United midfielder began his coaching career with Oxford and Derby County under Jim Smith before moving on to replace Brian Kidd as number two at Manchester United in early 1999, midway through their treble-winning season.

His part in the Red Devils' continued success led to him earning his first managerial position with Middlesbrough in 2001.

McClaren's Boro won the League Cup in 2004, their first major trophy and he also led the Teesiders to the Uefa Cup final in 2006 before succeeding Sven-Goran Eriksson as England boss.

After an unsuccessful spell in charge, he was sacked after England failed to reach the 2008 European Championship following a mediocre qualifying campaign, culminating in a 3-2 defeat by Croatia on a wet night at Wembley.

McClaren then bounced back, leading Twente to their first domestic league title in 2010, before quitting to join German side Wolfsburg.

He was sacked in February 2011 and moved to Nottingham Forest before resigning in October after 122 days. And a second spell back in charge at Twente ended after 13 months.