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Eight reasons why Steve McClaren will get a result in Manchester tonight

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Steve McClaren

While billionaires Manchester City are struggling to have any real impact in the Premier League, everyone’s favourite laughing stock Schteve McClaren is two points off the top of the Eredivisie with his new club FC Twente.

The former England boss squandered his chance to show what he’s capable of against Arsenal in August, but should take advantage of tonight’s opportunity by returning to Holland with a point or three. Here are ChickenDinner’s statistical thoughts on the matter:

1. Steve McClaren faced Manchester City eight times while manager of Middlesbrough and was never beaten, winning on five occasions.

2. During the period that City couldn’t beat McClaren, they managed three victories over Manchester United as well as wins over Chelsea and Liverpool. Significantly, the Citizens won their first three matches against post-McClaren Middlesbrough.

3. FC Twente have won their last two away games and had won four consecutive games without conceding before losing to Ajax last weekend.

4. The Dutch club haven’t lost consecutive games since the start of the Eredivisie season so should be capable of bouncing back.

5. Whereas Manchester City have won just two of their last eight games in all competitions and have lost their last two.

6. Whilst Middlesbrough manager, Steve McClaren had a good record in November, losing just two of his last eleven league matches during that period.

7. McClaren has a great record as a cup manager. In the UEFA Cup he took Middlesbrough to the final in 2005-06, reaching the final sixteen the previous year. He also reached two FA Cup semi-finals with the club and won the Carling Cup.

8. The former England boss has lost just one of his nine previous UEFA Cup group stage matches with Boro and Twente.

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12 responses so far
  • Tosser Namer // November 6, 2008 at 9:41 pm

    You’re a tosser

  • Fuckwit Namer // November 6, 2008 at 9:42 pm

    You’re a FUCKWIT

  • Guy who knows fuck all about football namer // November 6, 2008 at 9:43 pm

    You know fuck all about football

  • biffa // November 6, 2008 at 9:58 pm

    8 reasons why I will never visit this site again;
    1) It’s Shit
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    8) 3-3 bwhaaahaahha

  • biffa // November 6, 2008 at 9:59 pm

    or did Twente win?

  • biffa // November 6, 2008 at 9:59 pm

    Oh no I got it wrong twice

  • Upminster Iron // November 6, 2008 at 11:37 pm

    Don’t know if you City fans watched the game but Twente missed an open goal right at the end that should have got them the predicted point. Congratulations though, you finally beat a Steve McClaren team at the ninth attempt!

  • Blini // November 7, 2008 at 12:02 am


  • Impartial Observer // November 7, 2008 at 12:14 am

    A shocking last minute miss from four yards was the only reason Twente didn’t draw! Where were all you Citeh fans calling this article rubbish before kick-off? If you did that you’d have the right to gloat but as you have waited until full-time – and not a second sooner, cause you knew they coulda levelled – you just look like omg we finally won a game mugs!

  • Feed theGoat // November 7, 2008 at 12:14 am

    8 good reasons…………
    Shabby story, still at least you made yourself a laughing stock which must be an improvement on half wit

  • Bluenose // November 7, 2008 at 1:04 am

    They missed a sitter right at the end, but I suppose the muppets on here with blinkers on didn’t see Robhino hit the post ‘Twice’ !!! So if we’re including near misses, though Twente’s last minute sitter was far from near, then the score would have been 5-3 !!! Either way, we won, the idiot that wrote this article was made to eat all 8 of his pathetic points, nuff said !!!!

  • Dave // November 7, 2008 at 1:02 pm

    You we wrong you munich cockney bastard!

    3-2 and we shud av scored more!

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