McClaren resigns as he fails to get nod from Twente chief
FORMER England manager Steve McClaren has resigned as coach of Dutch club FC Twente amid growing unrest following poor recent form.
McClaren held talks with president Joop Munsterman over the weekend but the manager failed to receive the assurances he had hoped for and yesterday left his role.
The split comes after Saturday's 2-1 league defeat at Heerenveen left Twente – who won the title under McClaren in 2010 – in fifth place.
The 51-year-old former Derby County coach and Nottingham Forest manager, in his second spell in charge at Twente, said: "After the defeat to Heerenveen on Saturday, I met the President on Sunday.
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"We tried to find a solution to the difficult period the team has endured over the last four weeks.
"We discussed 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 even second four weeks ago, recent results and performances have seen major criticism, protest and demonstration from the supporters and the media.
"We talked about how we could change the situation and relieve the pressure on the team which has clearly affected its performance.
"After much discussion and deliberation, those assurances weren't forthcoming and we have agreed it's in the best interest of the club going forward that I leave."
McClaren leaves with Twente only a point adrift of Vitesse Arnhem in fourth place and a further five behind leaders PSV Eindhoven.
However, they have not won since a 3-0 win at AZ Alkmaar on December 21, a run of six games either side of the mid-season break.