McClaren believes pressure on England managers is ‘enormous’

Former England manager Steve McClaren thinks that the pressure and expectation created on England managers is ‘enormous’ and it is an extremely difficult position.

Current Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson has had to deal with the recent Rio Ferdinand saga, with the Manchester United defender withdrawing from the squad to travel to Qatar as part of his training programme with the Premier League leaders. Ferdinand has indulged in TV work whilst in the middle east and Hodgson has been in the firing line for his decision to omit Ferdinand in the first place during his early months in charge of the job.

McClaren suffered a turbulent time as England boss and moved to the Netherlands, where he had a successful spell with FC Twente followed by a spell in charge of German side Wolfsburg. The 51 year old believes the expectation that comes with the England job is special, but a huge challenge.

“At a club, the expectations are also enormous, but centred on a town or an area, whereas England is an entire nation of fans who all come together and that is very special. Roy, who has international experience, has come in and steadied the ship he can deal with the expectations of the FA, the fans and the media. The Montenegro game is a big game, it’s a defining game”, McClaren said.

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