'El Tel' appointed as England assistant

August 11, 2006

Steve McClaren has appointed Terry Venables as his new Assistant Manager, after weeks of speculation about who would become the boss' new right-hand man.

GettyImages / PhilColeSteve McClaren and Terry Venables (L)

Venables, who quit the post of England manager after Euro '96, admitted it was 'wonderful' to be involved with the national team again.

He said: 'I doubted I'd be back [for England] and got on with things I enjoy doing. It is a great privilege. I was very interested from the word go.

'I couldn't talk very much with Steve because it had to be after the World Cup. We have a pretty good rapport. We are football people and I can't see why we can't work together.'

McClaren believes he has appointed a fine assistant in Venables.

He said: 'To help the team win it helps to have good people around you.

'I wanted to pick someone who is tactically astute, knows football inside out and can give the best advice.

'I wanted him to be experienced at this level and someone the players can learn from and respect. I am delighted to get Terry Venables.'

Venables, seeking to explain his role as McClaren's number two, said: 'It is obviously different to what I've done before. I can lend my experience and leadership qualities to Steve and make his job easier.

'I think the two of us together and the rest of the staff have got a great chance to go forward.

'I am not looking to be a rival. I am looking to help Steve. We will get the balance right.

'I will give him my feelings straight out and then it's up to him to come up the answers. He's the head coach.'