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Added October 10th, 2010 by Ian

Fans breathe easier after McClaren says he’s not interested in England job
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Millions of England fans breathed a sigh of relief when ex-manager Steve McClaren vowed he’d never manage the national team again. He actually told his friends to shoot him if he ever thought about it.

McClaren has been doing pretty well recently by sticking to club football with Dutch club FC Twente last season and German Bundesliga team Wolfsburg this year. McClaren actually led Twente to the Dutch championship last season.

But Sir Trevor Brooking recently suggested that McClaren would be considered again for the England job, which he failed at so miserably a few years ago. The English FA are looking for an Englishman to take over from current manager Fabio Capello after Euro 2012 and Brooking said McClaren’s recent success has put him back in the running.

However, McClaren wouldn’t be welcomed back by the fans as they labelled him “the Wally with a Brolly” when his 17-month stint with the national team came to an end with England failing to make it to Euro 2008.

But McClaren then took off to Europe and it seems he’s more suited for club football as he turned Twente around in two seasons and has been doing a decent job with Wolfsburg this season. He was a hero in Holland and many fans were disappointed to see him leave and head to Germany.

McClaren believes he gained some valuable experience managing England and hopes to take Wolfsburg to a championship and doesn’t see any future with England. His announcement was welcomed by English fans who don’t want to take a step backwards and recycle the same old managers. It should also make things easier for the FA to know he has no interest in the job.

The FA will still be looking for somebody to replace Capello, but don’t seem to have much to choose from at the moment as managers such as Sam Allardyce and Harry Redknapp have more or less been ruled out. Brooking said they’d like to have an Englishman, but it all depends on who’s available at the time.

Brooking also said he believes more English players will develop in the Premium League as foreigners might stay away now because of high taxes and teams won’t be able to pay high transfer fees because of the weakness of the English pound.

 
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