The Newcastle United boss is reportedly planning a revamp at St James' Park.
Indeed, the Magpies boss has reportedly been backed by owner Mike Ashley in private via text message and will be allowed to continue trying to exert his own influence on Tyneside.
And the Sunday People report that one of the changes the 54-year-old wants to implement is the hiring of a technical director.
McClaren worked with a TD during his roles in and around Europe - Wolfsburg and FC Twente - and Newcastle are said to be discussing his desire to hire one at St James' Park.
More poor recruitment?
Considering McClaren's poor start to life at Newcastle, allowing him to alter the setup on Tyneside could be risky and the need for a technical director sounds like simply adding an extra layer of red tape that creates even more of an excuse for underachievement.
Showing faith in the Magpies head coach is one thing but, considering Newcastle's poor recruitment record, adding a whole new role - and then running the risk of hiring the wrong person for that role - doesn't sound wise.