Former England manager, Steve McClaren has called his time at Eredivisie side, FC Twente after losing the backing of the board and support of fans following a string of poor results which culminated in the defeat to Heerenveen at the weekend.
FC Twente currently trail in fifth position behind leaders PSV Eindhoven. With four points in their last six games, FC Twente has been struggling to reproduce the blistering form which defined McClaren’s title-winning team (Eredivisie champions 2010) in his successful first spell with the club.
McClaren, infamous for the ‘Wally with the Brolly’ image during England’s Euro 2008 qualification disaster against Croatia in Wembley, issued an official statement to the club’s supporters which read thus:
ÔÇ£After the defeat to Heerenveen on Saturday the board of FC Twente and I tried to find a solution to the difficult period the team has been going through.
“We talked about the expectations of the club, how European qualification was key each season and finishing in the top four.
“Despite being joint top at the winter break and second four weeks ago, recent results and performances have seen criticism, protest and demonstration from both supporters and the media.
“We talked about how we could change the situation and relieve the pressure on the team which was clearly affecting its performance.
“SaturdayÔÇÖs result has seen further adverse reactions and with two home games coming up we feel the team needs the support and backing from the supporters.
“I also needed assurances about my position both now and in the future which I know in the present situation is difficult.
“After much discussion and deliberation those assurances werenÔÇÖt forthcoming and we have agreed itÔÇÖs in the best interest of the club that I leave.
“We agree the club is bigger than any one individual and Twente is too big in my heart to stand in the way of its progress!
“I leave the team, with ten games to go, still able to achieve its expectations of a top four finish, which I am positive they will do!
“I leave a proud man to have managed Twente, itÔÇÖs brought me many good memories and one of the greatest days in my career when winning the title in 2010.
“The support received from the club, staff, players and fans has always been much appreciated and l depart sad and disappointed itÔÇÖs ended in these circumstances, but I wish the staff and the team success in the future.ÔÇÖÔÇÖ