Derby County head-coach Steve McClaren has given credit to his son in helping the club capture Real Madrid midfielder, Omar Mascarell.
McClaren hailed the performance of Mascarell in Saturday’s 5-0 win at home to promotion rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers.
The Spaniard is on a season-long-loan from Champions League holders Real Madrid and has started the last four games in the holding role and is currently keeping experienced John Eustace out of the team with his performances.
Steve McClaren’s brother Joe, is head of under-21 recruitment and has previously worked under Steve at Dutch side FC Twente.
Talking to the Derby Telegraph, Steve McClaren said ”Our recruitment department is very important. When we lost George Thorne to injury it was important we identified somebody to come in.”
“Omar is someone who, actually, my son Joe had been watching when he was scouting with FC Twente for a couple of years. He identified Omar and mentioned him. We then kept an eye on him and Chris Evans (head of football operations) went out to Real Madrid and made sure Omar came back here.”
“It has taken him a while to adapt, as it can, but he is adapting well. His last three or four performances have been very good.” added McClaren.