Ex-Middlesbrough boss McClaren eyes foreign coaching job

Former England boss Steve McClaren says his next job will be "a challenge".

"My next job will be about the person employing me as much as anything - he has to have vision and be ambitious," McClaren told BBC Sport. "It might be abroad, in the second division or in the Championship."

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He added: "It's got to be a challenge. Before I went to Middlesbrough, Sir Alex Ferguson told me 'Pick the chairman, not the club'.

"And I was lucky I picked Steve Gibson, who believed in my philosophy and gave me time.

"Given time, if you have got the right philosophy, you will succeed.

"When Kevin Keegan first went to Newcastle, they were bottom of the then Second Division.

"He took them into the Premier League and then to second place. That sort of thing is possible and excites me as much as starting in the Premier League."

McClaren spent time watching the coaching methods at Barcelona and Espanyol last week and admits a job at a European club would appeal to him.

"It's something I would never dismiss and which, in fact, excites me," he said.

"The key thing is getting the experience of different cultures. We shouldn't be insular and think the English Premier League is the be all and end all.

"I have had offers, mainly from abroad, but none that has really excited me."

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