McClaren back in England with QPR coach role but still has sights on management

Frank Dalleres
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FORMER England boss Steve McClaren insists he has not given up on management despite taking a coaching role at Queens Park Rangers.

McClaren, who had been out of work since quitting Dutch club FC Twente in February, has been mentioned as a possible candidate for the England Under-21 job.

“While it remains my ambition to manage again this gives me an ideal opportunity to stay involved and work on the field with one of the top managers in this country and a very ambitious club,” he said.

His arrival yesterday came as QPR sold defender Christopher Samba back to Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala for £12m, in a reverse of the deal that brought him to Loftus Road in January.

West Ham, meanwhile, have failed with a bid, thought to be in the region of £10m, for Ivorian striker Wilfried Bony, who scored 31 in 30 for Vitesse Arnhem last term.

Fulham have joined the race for Wolves’s French winger Bakary Sako, while Crystal Palace have signed Stephen Dobbie from Brighton.