Boro: No need for Mac clause
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Middlesbrough insist there will be no clause in Steve McClaren's new contract.Middlesbrough insist there will be no need to insert a clause in Steve McClaren's contract as they would not stand in his way if he wanted to leave.
McClaren, England's number two, is constantly touted as Sven Goran Eriksson's successor - although he himself has recently stressed his commitment to Boro.
The Teesside outfit are keen to tie McClaren down as he has just one year left on his current contract and chief executive Keith Lamb confirmed that they would not be putting a clause into any possible new deal.
"Clauses in contracts, as I've found often in past, are there to be broken or whatever," Lamb told Sky Sports News.
"What we're trying to do at Boro is just as applicable to the chief executive, chairman, footballers, and the manager and coaching staff.
"Talks are ongoing, Steve has one year on his contract left and both Steve and the club have expressed a willingness to extend that contract, negotiations are ongoing but there is no hurry as Steve is going away with England to the States.
"If we can get it done before he goes then fine, if not we will continue chatting and get it done when he comes back. Neither of us have set a time limit for concluding those negotiations. What is important is that both of us want to extend this agreement.
"We want to create an environment where people want to be, contracts are a bit like ball and chains - you can't keep people if they don't want to stay.
"We are trying to make sure Middlesbrough are a club they want to be at and where can you go that can get a better career opportunity than Middlesbrough? That's the question that needs to be asked."
On contracts Lamb confirmed that talks are continuing with Boudewijn Zenden - while veteran Colin Cooper had agreed terms for another year.
"Bolo is out of contract as everyone knows and I have met with his father and his lawyer and I have made them an offer which they are currently considering," he continued.
"I expect ongoing negotiations and I am sure both sides, Bolo and Middlesbrough, are optimistic that we will reach agreement.
"Bolo had a fantastic season for us last year. He is somebody we want to keep and we believe he wants to stay and it is just the matter of us reaching agreement and I hope this will happen in the not too distance future."
On Cooper, Lamb confirmed a new 12-month playing contract was in place for the 38-year-old - who is likely to add some coaching responsibilities to his duties.
"Colin has been given another one-year extension to his contract on the playing staff," said Lamb.
"We're delighted to have people like Colin around this football club, he's been a fantastic servant."
Lamb also confirmed that talks will be held with Italian striker Massimo Maccarone - who is currently on loan at Siena.
"Massimo has said he wants to come back and he has a contract for another two seasons," he added.
"We will sit down and have a chat with him during the summer."