McClaren 5/1 to follow Nottm Forest failure with Dutch title

Second phase of reputation resuscitation therapy is working a treat


One club’s comedy villain is another’s saviour, and so it was that months after leaving Nottingham Forest with his reputation in England severely wounded once again, Steve McClaren rocked up at FC Twente and immediately had them cooing.

The former England manager’s comeback match ended in a 5-0 thrashing of RKC Waalwijk. Making the success taste even sweeter was leaders AZ Alkmaar’s draw with Ajax, and second-placed PSV being held by Utrecht, meaning that the 2009-10 champions are just three points off the pace.

And though overtaking AZ won’t be easy, the table-toppers have won only one of their last five, hinting that PSV are the main side standing between Twente and a second title, and they have finished over Fred Rutten’s underachievers in each of the last three seasons.

So with McClaren’s men already boasting the best record in head-to-head clashes between the top four, 5/1 on Paddy Power for him to mastermind another title triumph might be worth tucking into.

And if the second spell proves a delight, it will come right on time for him to replace Fabio Capello as England boss this summer…

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