Steve McClaren: An apology.
Dear Mr Steve McClaren,
I wholeheartedly apologise on behalf of the Armchair’s Web, and the English people, for rubbishing you so readily.
When you failed to get the England national side to the European Championships in 2008, we criticised you, we ridiculed you, we despised you.
You had potential to become a great coach and manager when you took charge at Middlesbrough, becoming the team’s most successful manager ever by winning the Carling Cup, and playing in the old UEFA Cup.
When you succeeded Sven Goran Eriksson to become England’s manager, many pundits thought you were going to bring us success. But things went wrong in the Euro qualifiers, and when we were knocked out by Croatia on that dark, rainy night, it was “Goodnight McClaren”.
You were rubbished by the media, and in the country. You lost your job and struggled to find another in England, so you looked for a fresh start… to Holland… to take over an unfashionable side called FC Twente. How we back in England laughed, waiting for you to fail again…
Yet…. you always knew you had the ability to succeed. In your first season in charge, you got them into the Champions League. Now, you’ve lead them to become the Dutch league champions. As a result, you are now in demand as a manager again, and several English clubs want you to return home to become their boss.
We in England don’t often appreciate decent talent. So, Mr Steve McClaren, enjoy yourself while you’re in Holland. You are no longer The Wally With The Brolly.
Yours faithfully, The Armchair.