Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Mac's Learning from the Boss

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Mac's Learning from the Boss

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Byline: By Philip Tallentire

England manager-elect Steve McClaren will be the highest paid work experience trainee in Germany during the World Cup.

He's officially there to assist Sven- Goran Eriksson by putting the squad through their paces ahead of three crucial Group B qualifiers and, hopefully, beyond.

But there's no doubt the former Middlesbrough manager will be watching the Swede like a hawk as he prepares to embark on a new phase of his career.

McClaren was named Eriksson's successor on May 4 following a long, tortuous and at time farcical search by the FA. But the new man now faces a tricky month in Germany.

His pally relationship with the players ( who have almost to a man welcomed the appointment ( will change radically once the World Cup is over, so he may look to exert his authority during the tournament.

After all, one of his first jobs on assuming authority may well be to drop or rest star names like David Beckham, putting long-term friendships to the test.

But those potential flashpoints won't emerge until McClaren officially takes control on August 1.

Explaining his relationship with Eriksson, he said: "I think Sven has done a fantastic job and I have learnt so much from working alongside him.

"But I have my own style and I think that will become apparent when I take over in August.

"I've had a fantastic relationship with Sven that started off professional and ended up personal because he's a very good friend. We bounce ideas around and we've got a very good staff around Sven.

"He's brought a certain calmness, steadiness and charisma to the England job and the English game," he added.

"We've developed this squad to the point where we are going into a World Cup with a distinct possibility of winning it, if we get luck."

McClaren was a coach at Manchester United when he first linked up with England back in November 2000, when he and Peter Taylor were put in temporary charge of the national team following Kevin Keegan's shock resignation. …

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