McClaren leaves Twente

FC Twente manager Steve McClaren has left his position at the helm of the Eredivisie club, insisting he did not feel supported in the role.

Last Updated: 26/02/13 at 15:28 Post Comment

FC Twente manager Steve McClaren on the sidelines during the Eredivisie match ag

FC Twente manager Steve McClaren on the sidelines during the Eredivisie match ag

Saturday's defeat at Heerenveen proved to be the last act of the former England coach's disappointing second spell in Holland.

Twente chairman Joop Munsterman gave his backing to the boss in the wake of that defeat but McClaren has still headed for the door.

McClaren had led Twente to the Eredivisie title in 2010 but was unable to recreate that magic since returning to Holland in January 2012.

The club have not won a league game in 2013, meaning they have dropped six points behind table-topping PSV Eindhoven, and fans turned on McClaren.

He told Sky Sports: "You talk about the support and the backing the players need, we need it as trainers, we need it as managers, we need it as staff.

"I sought those assurances and I felt that they weren't forthcoming, in the fact of not just for now, but also for the future, trying to build Twente."

He added: "I've looked at both sides of it and after much thought and deliberation it's best to relieve the pressure from the team, the club and the board.

"For the last six games the pressure and intensity and criticism has built up and built up.

"The last four weeks we've had difficult results, a difficult period, the performances have not been good for various reasons."

Criticism

"We've had adversary action; we've had criticism, protests and demonstration from supporters and media about the results and performances, in particular about the last six games, which has been surprising taking in that the expectations of FC Twente have always been European qualification and finishing in the top four," he said.

"In the winter break we were joint-top and even four weeks ago, after the Feyenoord away game, we were second in the league."

Twente also slumped out of the UEFA Europa League under McClaren at the group stages after finishing bottom of Group L with only four points.

A departure from Twente is a latest setback for the 51-year-old, who had previously spent just four months at Nottingham Forest in an ill-fated spell in 2011.

Prior to his time at Forest, McClaren also endured a rocky seven-month reign as manager of Bundesliga club Wolfsburg.

The former Middlesbrough boss, who won the 2004 League Cup and reached the 2006 UEFA Cup final, was sacked as England manager in 2007 after the embarrassing failure to qualify for Euro 2008.

Twente chairman Joop Munsterman revealed the decision to leave the club rested with McClaren and he was disappointed to see the Englishman leave.

Munsterman said in a statement on the club's official website: "We believe that the disappointing performance of FC Twente under Steve McClaren could be reversed.

"Steve has however indicated that it is in the interest of everyone to leave the club immediately.

"We understand his decision and respect it. It is disappointing to say goodbye to the trainer under whose leadership FC Twente won the league title in 2010."

Munsterman also confirmed the team will be led by trainer Alfred Schreuder and assisted by the technical team of Boudewijn Pahlplatz and Youri Mulder.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

W

e'll be fine, no problem. If they do get relegated, he's definitely going to ask how anyone could ever have thought that Villa were going to be fine given their problems before he came.

treeman1
Premier League Winners And Losers

S

toke though. Hmn. I don't think it was defending that made people dislike Stoke so much as the out and out cheating/nastiness they regularly displayed. That, and they kept buying the odd flair player and then ruining them (Oh! Tuncay, what were you thinking?).

megabrow (cufc)
Being Defensive About Being Defensive...

W

ell that really inspires me with confidence. No point in training, deciding on a coherent formation, or playing players in their best positions, let's just hope we get lucky.

mumbo_jimbo
Van Gaal: Luck is key

Footer 365

Wes Brown appeal upheld after Sunderland red card at Manchester United

An independent regulatory commission has upheld a claim of wrongful dismissal in relation to Sunderland defender Wes Brown.

Liverpool's Jordon Ibe out until end of March but Steven Gerrard return near

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has said winger Jordon Ibe will be out "for a few weeks" with a knee injury.

Southampton boss Ronald Koeman says Premier League top four still possible

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman says the club can still qualify for the Champions League.

Mail Box

Henderson The Best Midfielder In PL?

Jordan Henderson is named by two afternoon Mailboxers as the PL's best midfielder, while another suggests Man United are trying to emulate Barca...

Jose Settles Most Boring Team Debate...

There's lots of reaction to Chelsea and Liverpool's wins on Sunday, plus one Mailboxer asking: Who is the Premier League's best midfielder?

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company