Tees Lifestyle – Steve McClaren

The most successful manager in Middlesbrough Football Club’s history, Steve McClaren left Boro for the England job in 2006. He’s since worked in Holland and Germany, as well as Nottingham, Newcastle and Derby, but he and his family have continued to live in Aislaby, near Yarm.

Teesside Life

The restaurants I love to eat in are
Borellis in Yarm for a cup of tea and a panettone, lunch at The House, the Otter and Fish in Hurworth or Roots, a farm shop off the A19, and evenings at Rockliffe Hall for a treat or Cena for a good Italian.

The stores I love to shop in are
Waterstones and The House. I did a back flip when they brought Waterstones to Yarm. Wherever I go in the world, I never pass by a Waterstones. I’m an avid book reader, so getting a local store in Yarm was all my birthdays in one. I like The House because of the clothes in there – I’m an avid Boss lover – while our middle son, Sam, worked there too.

The things I spend too much money on are
Well, it used to be clothes but now it’s probably books. Reaching a certain age, I’m going more for comfort than designer when it comes to clothes!

For a day out…
I like walking. We do like going up Roseberry Topping but also doing a circle around the Lord Stone’s Café. Also Harrogate and Runswick Way.

My perfect night out
Recently was at Acklam Hall. Joe, our eldest son, is getting married in October so we got both families together, hired one of the rooms there and had a smashing night.

My perfect night in
Is watching football or films, especially with my boys in our cinema room. Catherine’s a very good cook and she likes experimenting – and I’m happy to be the tester while chilled on the settee watching football.

Life’s Loves

A book I love is
The biography of Pep Guardiola, while I did like Alistair Campbell’s book, Winners: and How They Succeed, I read a lot of books at the same time.

A film I love is
The Marvel films. Joshua is really into them so they are our treat together.

TV programmes I love are
Sports documentaries and programmes like Billions, House of Cards and Narcos on Sky Atlantic and Netflix. Also light entertainment shows like X-Factor, The Voice and Saturday Night Takeaway. Saturday nights used to be about going out but now we just collapse on the sofa.

The songs I love are
Often dictated by Sam, who makes his own guitars and knows his music. I’m a bit old fashioned and like Eric Clapton and the Rolling Stones but Sam’s my go-to man for anything more modern like Ed Sheeran.

A holiday destination I love is
Barbados. Catherine pestered me about going there and last year we had the opportunity to go – and we went twice, in March and May!

People in Life

I most like to spend time with
My family and like-minded people – mainly achievers from sport and business. I must say the best staff I ever worked with were at Middlesbrough, so I keep in touch with Bill Beswick, Steve Harrison, Steve Round and Paul Barron. There was a unique bond between us. I’m not a social person, so I really spend time with my family and very close friends, of which there aren’t many.

The biggest influence on my career was
Sir Alex Ferguson, who helped me make a big leap when I was his assistant at Manchester United. Jim Smith gave me a chance with my first coaching role at Derby, Bill Beswick was my coach and mentor at Middlesbrough, while a big one has been (Middlesbrough chairman) Steve Gibson. I’ve discovered over many years that the most important thing for a manager is to get the right chairman – and none have beaten him so far.

The person who inspires me is
Sir Alex for his sheer success. To relentlessly win at one club for 25 years was phenomenal.

The people who make me angry are
Bad chairmen, referees, officials, the press – if I read the papers – and pundits, if I listen to them.

Working Life

My greatest achievement was
Probably going abroad and a winning a league with an unfancied club like Twente in Holland. I’ve been fortunate to enjoy a lot of highlights – winning the treble with Manchester United was on a totally different level, leading Middlesbrough to their first major trophy after 128 years of waiting was phenomenal, and then there was becoming England manager 15 years after finishing my playing career in which I hadn’t achieved a lot of success.

My biggest disappointment was
Without a doubt getting sacked as England manager.

My business mantra is
Attention to detail and preparation Monday to Friday makes Saturday easier.

The alternative career I might have had was
As a tennis player. I was York under-18 champion at both squash and tennis, but now my dad would me my inspiration to be a golfer, as he plays off eight at the age of 85.