From reading the article McClaren comes across as individual very much contented with what he is currently doing. His feet are very much on the ground and he wants to deflect any direct praise away from himself to others associated with the club. Steve is enjoying being able to use his best management assets, coaching players to get the best from the resources available to him.
Here are some selected quotes from the interview. “We’re optimistic but we haven’t done it yet,” stated McClaren on becoming Eredivisie Champions and that “it’s been a good two years here (at Twente).” Steve commented on the openness Dutch training sessions “Journalists are welcome to come every day to see us train and talk to me or any player they want to. It’s been quite a culture shock but it’s been good, you have real relationships, real trust with journalists.”
McClaren has embraced the local culture of the club, “My assistants are all Dutch, there are some fantastic young coaches here. I thought it was important to embrace and understand the culture of the club and Dutch football.” “I decided I’d better adapt to 4-3-3; If it was good enough for thousands of Dutchmen it was good enough for me,” says Steve on the attacking nature of his FC Twente side.
On his future he repeated “I do enjoy it here, I’d like to stay”.
That is just part of the interview, for the full article including Steve’s comments on the infamous Dutch accent before playing Arsenal in the 2009 Champions League qualifier please view the full story on the Guardian website.
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