Sports - September 25, 2007

Alleged football manager, Steve McClaren, has been speaking about his time in charge of the England team saying, “There is not a day goes by that some aspect of the experience with England doesn’t come flashing back to mind”.

Aaw, bless. Such a disaster would stick in your mind for a very long time. And of course, McClaren had the dubious honour of being given the worst managerial nickname since Graham ‘Turnip Head’ Taylor, being dubbed ‘The Wally with the Brolly’. Compare that to Sven Goran Eriksson’s monikor of Iceman, which sounds cool, or Terry Venables’ ‘El Tel’, not very imaginative, but it does have a ring of wide-boy glamour.

To be fair to Mr McClaren, he is doing well in in his current post as manager of Dutch side, FC Twente. Even so, I find it hard to understand why he has developed such a strange accent. If people go to live in other countries they will begin to speak like the locals, but that takes time. McClaren hasn’t been there long enough, and to be honest, his accent sounds less like authentic Dutch and more like someone doing a bad send-up of Rutger Hauer. I’m thinking he’s gone native in an attempt to hide his real identity. He’s hoping we’ll forget who he is, and start to think of him as Steve McClaren, Dutch bloke. I suspect he’ll also take to wearing clogs on his feet, tulips in his hair, then set up a shop peddling ‘interesting’ cigarettes. Watch this space ;-)

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