McClaren won the Dutch Eredivisie with FC Twente, playing against Jol’s Ajax side, and the Dutch manager believes if more followed in McClaren’s footsteps, the standard of English managers would improve:
“You might have one or two in Holland or France, but in general foreign countries don’t take British coaches because they believe in their own identity. Steve McClaren is a good example of an English coach who went abroad recently and succeeded. He went to Holland, played 4-3-3, adapted well and won the Dutch league. It was a very good learning experience for him.”
Despite the former England managers’ success for Twente, he followed it up with a disappointing spell with Bundesliga club Wolfsburg. With current club Nottingham Forest, the club sit in 20th position with just one point from their last five games, with McClaren unhappy at the lack of financial investment he has been allowed to make.
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