Steve McClaren took the opportunity to begin his managerial career with Middlesbrough in June 2001 after spending nearly two-and-a-half years as Sir Alex Ferguson's assistant at Old Trafford.
McClaren replaced the managerial team of Bryan Robson and Terry Venables at The Riverside after opting to join the North East club despite reported interest from West Ham United and Southampton.
Steve enjoyed a playing career with Hull, Derby, Lincoln, Bristol City and Oxford before his career was brought to a premature finish by injury when he was just 27 years old.
He quickly moved into coaching, beginning as Oxford United's reserve team coach before being snapped up by Jim Smith in 1995 to take up a coaching position at Derby County.
McClaren spent nearly four years as a coach at Derby, becoming Jim Smith's assistant manager as the Rams were promoted to the Premier League in 1995/96.
Subsequently, the duo managed an impressive settling-in period at Pride Park, finishing 12th and 9th in a division that has become increasingly difficult for newly-promoted teams to survive.
Following his success with Derby, McClaren was invited to succeed Brian Kidd as assistant manager to Alex Ferguson at Manchester United after his predecessor had left Old Trafford to try his hand at management with Blackburn.
In his first season with United, McClaren helped achieve an historic treble as the Reds collected the FA Cup, the Premier League title and the Champions League title. Quite an impressive first five months for the new man in the dug-out.
His rapport with the players shone through as United managed a hat-trick of domestic championships and his success at Old Trafford was further validated when he was appointed, together with Leicester's Peter Taylor, as caretaker England manager for a friendly in Italy prior to the appointment of Sven-Goran Eriksson.
He was approached by Middlesbrough owner Steve Gibson and was quickly convinced that it would be the right move, following on from former United favourite Bryan Robson in the 'Boro hot-seat.
The club initially opened the door to his involvement with the England set-up, something that they thought would benefit head coach Sven-Goran Eriksson and the England team – many of whom McClaren knew very well from his time at Old Trafford.
The 'Boro boss worked with the England side in the build up to the World Cup, and during the finals in Japan, but relinquished his role soon after to concentrate on his duties at The Riverside.
McClaren's five year tenure on Teesside saw him establish himself as one of Middlesbrough's most successful managers as he made the often difficult transition from coach to manager. McClaren was the first Englishman to win a major honour since 1996 and the first to reach the UEFA Cup final since 1984.
After Middlesbrough, McClaren was confirmed as the England national team manager on 1 August 2006. He made former England coach Terry Venables his assistant.
He would remain in position until November 2007. In his 18 games in charge he won 9, drew 4 and lost 5 with an overall win percentage of 50%.
Since managing England, McClaren excelled during his spell in Holland. He joined FC Twente in June 2008, and in his first season in charge he led the side to second place in the Dutch league, the final of the Dutch cup and the latter stages of the UEFA Cup.
In the 2009/10 season, McClaren enjoyed greater success by leading the Eredivisie league title. He then became the first British manager to win a league title in Europe since Roy Hodgson in 2001.
After this success, McClaren was named as the Dutch Coach of the Year in 2010. Steve was then confirmed as the new manager of VfL Wolfsburg on May 11, 2010 - he remained with the club until February 2011.
McClaren was then confirmed as the new manager of Nottingham Forest on June 13, 2011 and remained with the club until October 2011 before he later returned to the Eredivisie.
Following his appointment at Derby in September 2013, the Club narrowly missed out on promotion to the Barclays Premier League after finishing third in the Sky Bet Championship and then losing in the play-off final at Wembley to QPR.
He later joined Newcastle United in June 2015 but returned to Derby County the following season, appointed on the 12th October 2016. He left Derby on 12th March 2017.