If you believe one of English football’s great clichés, Steve McClaren is a great coach but not such a great manager. How he would fare as a Director of Football, however, is anybody’s guess.
According to The Sun, the former Derby County boss is in the frame to replace esteemed transfer guru Stuart Webber at Huddersfield Town. And the speculation was hardly dampened by the veteran boss being spotted in the crowd for The Terriers 3-0 win against Norwich City on Wednesday.
Though McClaren would certainly have his work cut out replacing Webber’s influence at the John Smith’s Stadium. Huddersfield had finished 15th in the season before he arrived in the summer of 2015 but, less than two years later, are fighting for a place in the Premier League.
And when you consider that the Yorkshire club spent less than £3 million on transfers this season, bringing in the likes of Aaron Mooy (below), Izzy Brown, Danny Ward and Elias Kachunga for nothing, Webber’s impact appears even more remarkable, as reported by Transfermarkt.
Though, if McClaren is appointed, he could prove an astute replacement by making his former club pay by bringing a proven, prolific striker to the John Smith’s.
The Sun claimed last summer that Derby County were tracking the progress of Simon Terrode, a powerful targetman scoring for fun in the German second division with VFL Bochum. Hindsight, however, suggests The Rams made a major mistake failing to seal a deal.
Derby’s strikers have struggled for consistency all season long and only Aston Villa have scored fewer in the top half, undermining their promotion hopes. Meanwhile, Torrode has netted 17 times in 25 games for new club Stuttgart, ensuring the fallen German giants head into the final few games of the season just a point off the top of the second division.
Therefore, Stuttgart will not want to let him go but the pulling power and the wages on offer in England means another move this summer cannot be discounted. And Huddersfield, who have enjoyed great success utilising former Dortmund youth coach David Wagner’s German connections, could do worse than to make Terodde the prolific striker they are screaming out for.