McClaren is currently in charge of Derby County, but rumours concerning his future have reached new heights following interest from Newcastle, and the Rams’ failure to secure a play-off spot in the Championship, having fallen out of the top six on the final day of the season.
West Ham are looking for a new manager to take charge this summer, with Sam Allardyce’s contract expiring, and no apparent new deal in the works. The ageing boss is expected to leave the club, and the Hammers are keen to appoint a manager who plays progressive football, with a focus upon aesthetics and stylish play, as the club look to move into contention for European qualification.
McClaren certainly fulfils these traits, and he has a wealth of experience in the Premier League, making him a strong option for the Hammers to target.
The latest report claims Hammers chiefs have contacted McClaren’s agent over a switch to the club, although there is no reference to interest on the part of the boss himself, with a desire to finish his job at Derby County.
Previously, McClaren has hinted at a desire to stay with the Rams, and in the same ESPN story, he is quoted as saying: “It is important Derby County match our ambitions and, if we do that, we will go forward.
“For 18 months this has been a great team, playing great football. It got to Wembley, it has been top of the league, but March and April were two bad months. We understand that, and why, and now we look to go again.”