UCFB is delighted to announce that former England manager Steve McClaren will be the headline guest speaker at our upcoming Postgraduate Applicant Taster Day.

Through a close partnership with the League Managers Association (LMA), UCFB has been able to secure the appearance of the vastly experienced manager to provide applicants with a first-hand insight into the world of elite sport.

Steve, whose managerial career highlights include winning the Dutch Eredivisie with FC Twente, will be speaking on Wednesday 20th July at UCFB Wembley, based inside the iconic Wembley Stadium.

Steve McClaren

Though a professional player before becoming a coach and manager, it is for the latter which Steve is regarded. He started as reserve team coach at Oxford United before moving to Derby County in 1995, where he was formerly a player, to assist Jim Smith in the fist team. In his first season, the club won promotion to the Premier League.

His time in the midlands was enough to impress the great Sir Alex Ferguson, who took Steve to Manchester United in 1999 as his assistant. It was in his first year there that the club went on to win the famous treble. The following year Steve was appointed as coach of the England team, playing a vital role alongside Peter Taylor and Sven-Goran Eriksson.

In 2001 Steve took his first manager role at Middlesborough. His time at the club would go down as the most successful in the club’s history. His five-year reign in the north east saw the club win the League Cup, their first ever piece of silverware. The club also reached the final of the Uefa Cup but were eventually beaten by serial winners Sevilla.

In 2006, England came calling full time after the departure of Eriksson. Steve’s appointment was widely praised at the time due his time in the coaching set-up and familiarity with the squad. However, his time in charge did not go to plan with England failing to qualify for Euro 2008 following a 3-2 loss at Wembley to Croatia.

Steve’s next job saw him take the rare route as a British manager by going abroad, to Dutch side FC Twente. His first season saw the club finish second, before following that up the next year with their first ever Dutch league title. Despite his brilliant success in Holland, Steve left for Germany for a brief stint at Wolfsburg.

There followed a short spell at Nottingham Forest, a second stint at FC Twente and then a coaching role at Harry Redknapp’s QPR.

Steve was back in the hot seat at Derby in 2013, leading the club to an agonising loss in the Championship play-off final that same season to Redknapp’s side. Steve left the club at the end of the following season after narrowly missing out on a play-off spot.

His last role was in the season just gone, back in the Premier League for the first time in nine years, at Newcastle United.

All UCFB Wembley 2016 undergraduate applicants have been invited to the Taster Days, which will provide an insight into living, working and studying within the heart of the football, sport and events industries at UCFB Wembley.

If you would like to attend but are yet to confirm your place, then please click the link to the booking form in your invitation email. Please contact opendays@ucfb.com for any further enquiries.