Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

McClaren Arrives and 'Won't Copy Eriksson'

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

McClaren Arrives and 'Won't Copy Eriksson'

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Byline: ANDREW HODGSON

STEVE McCLAREN arrived at Soho Square to start his new job as England manager today and vowed that he will be totally different to Sven-Goran Eriksson.

McClaren was part of the England coaching set-up throughout Eriksson's six-year reign and now takes overall charge of a team whose confidence has been badly hit following their disappointing World Cup.

The 45-year-old former Middlesbrough manager is planning big changes and insisted: "I'm going to do it my way."

McClaren, who has signed a fouryear deal, said: "It's very exciting, I can't wait to actually get started. It will be a great challenge and a great adventure.

"It's going to be totally different, I'm going to do it my way. It's going to be different from Sven and I'm looking forward to the big challenge ahead."

The Football Association turned to McClaren after Portugal coach Luiz Felipe Scolari dropped out of the running for the job. Despite that, FA chief executive Brian Barwick today said he was excited by the start of the McClaren era.

"It's a new chapter in the life of the England national team and the FA," said Barwick. "I'm looking forward to helping him settle in."

McClaren flew to London from Teesside this morning ahead of a series of meetings with senior FA officials, including Barwick.

The new England boss is meeting the FA administration team to consider the plans in place for his first three games against Greece, Andorra and Macedonia.

He is also talking to the media officials to discuss plans to unveil his backroom team.

McClaren still hopes to include former England boss Terry Venables on his staff but there will be no Alan Shearer after the former England captain rejected the offer of a coaching role.

The new England coaching team will be finalised before the end of next week and unveiled at a press conference in London a week on Friday. …

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