A-League news

McClaren not keen on Jets

October 8, 2011
By Harry Harris, Football Correspondent

Steve McClaren has turned down the chance to return to football with A-League side Newcastle Jets.

Steve McClaren
GettyImagesSteve McClaren endured a dismal return to England with Nottingham Forest

• McClaren quits as Forest boss

Australian newspaper The Newcastle Herald reported that McClaren was "among a number of high-profile overseas coaches who have expressed an interest in the vacant position" as he seeks to rebuild his career after his dismal spell with Nottingham Forest.

Jets chief executive Robbie Middleby has confirmed he has started the search for Branko Culina, who was sacked on Tuesday, and added: ''We are not just looking for a great tactician. We want the whole package."

The Jets are reported to have received around 60 inquiries or applications for the post but, although there was an email from a representative of McClaren, ESPNsoccernet sources have said it was nothing more than an agent testing the water.

McClaren is seeking a high-profile club to rebuild his career and the source added: "With all due respect to Australian football, Steve is not quite ready for semi-retirement!"

McClaren resigned as Forest boss earlier this month after just 112 days in charge with the club fourth from bottom in the Championship.

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