McClaren returns to coach Dutch club FC Twente

The Hague (Netherlands), Jan 6 (IANS) Former England coach Steve McClaren has replaced Jacobus Adriaanse as head coach of Dutch football club FC Twente.

The 50-year-old Englishman will sign a contract for two-and-a-half years. McClaren coached Twente between 2008 and 2010 and in his last year he led the club to their first top league title.

Adriaanse was fired Tuesday due to his edgy relationship with some players and staff. Twente are currently third in the Eredivisie and qualified for the last 32 of the Europa League, Xinhua reported.

According to chairman Joop Munsterman, McClaren is the ideal candidate to succeed Adriaanse. ‘We wanted someone with broad support within the whole club,’ he said on the website of Twente.

‘But also someone who knows the culture of FC Twente and knows most of the players. Steve was the automatic choice and he also was available.’

McClaren was fired last October by English club Nottingham Forest. He also worked as coach of Middlesbrough, VFL Wolfsburg.