Boro's most successful manager ever, Steve McClaren moved to Teesside after three seasons as Sir Alex Ferguson's right-hand man at Manchester United.
Born in York, his playing career took in spells at Hull City, Derby County, Bristol City and Oxford United, joining the Manor Ground coaching staff after his playing career was cut short by injury.
He then teamed up again with Jim Smith as first team coach at Derby before his potential was spotted by the hierarchy at Old Trafford. There he helped the club win the European Cup with a dramatic last-ditch victory over Bayern Munich.
After moving to the Riverside as Bryan Robson's successor, he enjoyed an impressive first campaign after the worst possible start.
The season began with four consecutive defeats but Boro bounced back to finish a respectable 12th, as well as a stirring FA Cup semi-final defeat to eventual winners Arsenal.
In 2004 he became the first Boro manager to guide the team to a major trophy with the Carling Cup triumph over Bolton at the Millennium Stadium, earning a place in the UEFA Cup. He also travelled to Euro 2004 in Portugal as assistant to England coach Sven Goran Eriksson, returning on a temporary basis to the role he had earlier given up.
The following season he became the first manager to lead Boro into the UEFA Cup via our league position after a last-gasp Mark Schwarzer penalty save at the City of Manchester Stadium pipped Manchester City to seventh spot in the Premiership.
In 2005-06 he led Boro to a historic UEFA Cup final appearance after stunning wins over Roma, Stuttgart, Basel and Steaua Bucharest. He also guided the team to the FA Cup semi-final for just the third time in our history.
In the summer of 2006 he was appointed England coach, but he was replaced by Fabio Capello after the country's failure to qualify for Euro 2008.