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Steve McClaren has revealed he is learning Spanish as he plots his return to management.



The 46-year-old, sacked by England following their failure to reach Euro 2008, is happy for his next job to be overseas.


'I have recently been doing Spanish lessons and getting private tuition and I thought about doing it when I was a club manager,' the former Middlesbrough boss said on the League Managers Association website.


'When I was working at Derby, Manchester United and Middlesbrough, we were bringing foreign players into the clubs and we were dealing with foreign clubs and foreign agents.


'It sort of embarrassed me that everyone could speak a bit of English and we couldn't speak any of these foreign languages. I always vowed that when I had time I would learn a language.


'I have decided upon Spanish, so if you do get foreign players, clubs or agents etc then I can at least have a little bit of a conversation with them.'


He added: 'One of the things that I've never had the opportunity to do whilst managing was just to look abroad.


'We are getting a lot of foreign players, managers and coaches in England and I thought I'd look at what is happening in terms of coaching in the likes of Spain and Holland and Italy.


'I went to Spain recently and spent a couple of days with Espanyol. Then I spent a day with Barcelona to watch them train and chat with Frank Rijkaard and that was very interesting to see the Spanish way.


'I chatted to Thierry Henry and Eidur Gudjohnsen and found out how they find La Liga compared to the Premier League, the lifestyle and the culture.


'Then I went to Holland a couple of weeks ago to watch PSV v Ajax and spent the next day with PSV manager Sef Vergoossen and his coaching staff getting an insight into Dutch football and furthering my own coaching education as well.


'I plan on visiting as many of Europe's major football leagues as possible.


'I spoke a lot to Sir Bobby Robson whilst I was England manager and it was very interesting talking about his career after England. He spoke about how he felt it benefited him by moving abroad, widening his horizons and continuing his education as a coach.


'That's one of the reasons why I have been visiting these countries and looking abroad and it is something that if an opportunity arose and it was the right opportunity and the right challenge then I would not rule that out.'


A job in this country would also appeal to McClaren, who believes England has a lot to learn from the global game.


'In January, I got invited to America for their coaching convention in Baltimore and it was a phenomenal event. There were about 10,000 coaches at this event over three-four days,' he said.


'The interest in it, the structure, the way the Americans put this event together and have built it up over the years was something that really got me enthused again about coaching and coaching in this country.


'Looking at that convention, I think that it is something that we should have over here with 10,000 coaches.


'There were so many sessions and lectures and exhibitions that you could go to at this event, that it was a real education for young coaches to go through which is something that I believe in greatly.


'I think we have to have something like that in our country and coach education has got to be at the forefront if we are ever going to develop our game or our English players. '

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hmmm is this guy joking? he doesnt have tactical nous. and spain plays a tactical game. they dont play direct. he must be dreaming! :eek:
 

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Well he's going to struggle to ever find work as a manager in England again!!!

A promising career after winning the treble as an assistant at United and getting Middlesborough their first trophy and European final has been left in tatters by a dreadful spell as England manager.

He took the job far too early in his managerial career and he is now damaged goods.
 

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yeah. very true red dwarf. spot on. plus, he is only good at man management. not so much at technical side.
 

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He took the job far too early in his managerial career and he is now damaged goods.
It's not McLaren's fault if you ask me ... :eek:

The England job is a thankless task ...

England fans are your worst enemy if you make the smallest of mistakes...

And their wrath is constant and unrelenting !!!

Then the press join in with the cultural slaughter of the latest England manager.

At which point the whole team capitulates ...

And the manager is history !!

I wouldn't touch that job for any amount of cash ... :mad:

Would you ... ?

Would you take a job where the 'so-called fans' begin to boo your teams
performance after 27 minutes - of his FIRST EVER MATCH IN CHARGE ...

These aren't fans - they are pathetic ... I've never seen such behaviour by ANY
countries fans - ever - not even the tiny teams who get beaten badly every game
have more respect for their manager.

Of course I may be wrong - maybe I didn't hear the booing - maybe the fans and
the press have never beaten the England manager down until he is a physical
wreck - The problem is it's all true ... and it's now a matter of time before they drive
Capello out too I imagine !
 

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You're right Carly, we do treat England managers and players very badly - publicly and in the media.

The main problem is expectation. The current team is always being compared to the 1966 World Cup winning side. The absolute minimum this country expects is that we qualify for major tournaments (which McClaren failed to do so had to be sacked).

However, once the tournament comes along the media hype and expectation levels soar. Headlines are always along the lines of 'Why Gerrard can win it for England!', 'Is this our year?' etc.

I thought Sven actually did a decent job in getting us to 3 quarter-finals but I seem to be in the minority. I think a lot of people see the semi-finals as the minimum requirement once the tournament starts - the 1990 World Cup team returned as heroes after finishing 4th and the 1996 European Championship team got a lot of good press after losing in the semi's to Germany (AGAIN!)
 

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I thought Sven actually did a decent job in getting us to 3 quarter-finals but I seem to be in the minority. I think a lot of people see the semi-finals as the minimum requirement once the tournament starts - the 1990 World Cup team returned as heroes after finishing 4th and the 1996 European Championship team got a lot of good press after losing in the semi's to Germany (AGAIN!)
So this is over-expectation by England fans ...

They think they are better than they really are ...

They are ranked number 13 in the world but expect nothing less than reaching
the last 4 in a tournament ... :confused:

This for me is crazy logic, lol ... :eek:
 

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So this is over-expectation by England fans ...

They think they are better than they really are ...

They are ranked number 13 in the world but expect nothing less than reaching
the last 4 in a tournament ... :confused:

This for me is crazy logic, lol ... :eek:
That's right but I've heard and seen a lot of England fans mock the FIFA World rankings. At times they don't seem to make any sense. For example, England are currently ranked 11th (Romania are 13th)...

http://www.fifa.com/worldfootball/ranking/lastranking/gender=m/fullranking.html

...which doesn't make any sense to me. We shouldn't be in the top 16 imho on current form.

But in the past, when we were reaching quarter-final after quarter-final we couldn't seem to break into the top 8 and teams like the United States were in the top 20. I think performances from 3 or 4 years ago carry too much weight in the ranking system and I think it's flawed because 'competitive matches' do not take into account the quality of the opposition as much as they should (hence the United States being so high up).

The media keeps telling us that we have World class players and I truly believe that some of them are. Unfortunately, we don't have a World class team. Greece proved in 2004 that a good team is better than a group of good individuals.
 

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well said. i do agree sven did a wonderful job. didnt know why the fa had to sack him. but i dont agree about the mclaren part. he has his fault too. he's worst than sven. he dont have tactical nous. yes, he may have brought boro into the uefa cup final, but they still lost 4-0. for me, he took up the england job way too early in his managerial career. he could have done better by staying at boro.

he got his decisions wrong as england manager. failing to drop paul robinson when he should have. and dropping him when he shouldnt against the croats. bringing in the inexperience scott carson was a major mistake as the game against croatian was a very big one. but i do thank him, for making england not qualifying for euro 2008. rooney wont risk getting injured. (he always seem to get injured at major international tournaments.)
 
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