Mentor Smith warns McClaren to snub England job

May 3, 2006

Steve McClaren has been warned against taking the England manager's job by the man who gave him his big break in coaching.

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McClaren's name is to be recommended to the Football Association board on Thursday but Jim Smith, who took him on as first-team coach at Derby in 1995, has told his ex-underling to turn down the offer.

Smith, currently manager of Oxford, told BBC Sport: 'I've spoken to him and advised him not to take it, but he doesn't listen to me nowadays.

'I said to him, 'I don't know what you're doing wanting it because you've already seen that you tend to get on the front pages as well as the back pages'.

'But he's a bright, astute young man and I'm sure he'd do well.'

McClaren will be asked to build a dynasty as part of the England job.

Board members will be told that McClaren would head a group of other English coaches to work with the national team.

Manchester City's Stuart Pearce and Alan Curbishley, who is leaving his job as Charlton manager at the end of the season, have both been discussed by the selection panel as potential assistants.

A figure close to the selection process said: 'The final decision will be the board's but that is the name they have been recommended, and people like Stuart Pearce and Curbishley could be part of the plan as well.

'Going back to before Sven was appointed and when Howard Wilkinson was technical director of the FA, he wanted to build a dynasty and everyone has agreed to try to make that happen.'

Meanwhile, the source said rumours that Eriksson would ask for McClaren to be dropped from his World Cup team if he is named as his successor were 'absolute garbage'.

The selection panel have plumped for McClaren after they were snubbed last week by their number one choice Luiz Felipe Scolari.

The Middlesbrough manager's selection will please those however who were always keen to have an Englishman rather than a foreigner in charge of the national side.