It has been a turbulent few months for the Former England boss Steve McClaren. He made the return from the continent where he managed FC Twente and Wolfsburf to try and lead Nottingham Forest to the Premier League against stan james odds.
Things didn’t quite go to plan however at the City ground, but after just a couple of months after his resignation at Forest, he has taken up what he describes as the ‘ideal opportunity’ as he returns to FC Twente on a two-and-a-half-year contract.
McClaren quickly emerged as the favourite to succeed Co Adriaanse, who was sacked on Tuesday by the Eredivisie club, despite reports of interest in Avram Grant, and the appointment was confirmed on Thursday afternoon.
Although McClaren struggled to make any sort of impact at Forest, the stan james review shows that he is a hero in Holland after leading Twente to their first Eredivisie title in their history in his second season before leaving to take charge of Bundesliga side Wolfsburg in May 2010.
McClaren said “I left, obviously, on a high with the title. I said at that time that I would be back. I didn’t know when, but I would be back.
“The club is still developing, still growing and I think this is an ideal opportunity for me to go back and finish what we were starting.”
He added: “I know the club very well. I know the people at the top. I can work with the people at the top.
“I think that is the most important thing. I had a good relationship with them the last time. I know where the club is coming from.
“I know what their vision is. I know what their ambitions are. It is still there. That was the key thing for me.”
It has given McClaren a great opportunity to put his current time back in England behind him and he is perhaps fortunate that a club of such stature are still requiring his services.
The bad news however, is that we might just be hearing more of that Dutch accent when it recently sounded like he had lost it!