McClaren made partially to restore his reputation, guiding Dutch club FC Twente, normally Eredivisie makeweights for his first title in June. That achievement it earned him the attentions of Hamburg and Wolfsburg, the deposed German Champion and that even the Club – endorsed by Volkswagen – invest heavily in the transfer market in an attempt to furnish him with one hand able to recover the Bundesliga title.
The highly qualified international Simon Kjaer Danish, German defender Arne Friedrich, Croatian striker Mario Mandzukic and the Brazilian midfielder well considered all Diego came last summer. However, even with this formidable talent disk array, McClaren has failed to live up to expectations.
When their sponsors disbursement justify a title challenge, McClaren won only five of its 21 League games and saw his side dumped out of the Germany Cup by second division Energie Cottbus. This defeat, combined with a run of nine matches without a win, you will be asked a vote of confidence in December, but has hardly improved form of Wolfsburg. Lose in Hannover 96 the past weekend the Club dropped to 12 in the table, only one point out of relegation zone and forced to Wolfsburg to act. Pierre Littbarski, the former international German was drafted to replace McClaren provisionally. Littbarski had been employed as an Assistant in English.
“We were already not convinced that they work together with Steve McClaren can end the season steadily,” said Dieter Hoeness, director of the club.
“At the recent negative results and the poor in the first half of the season, could not underestimate our position in the table.” “With only a point above the relegation zone, we were alarmed”.
Littbarski hope enjoy better relations with your player to McClaren, whose last act as manager of Wolfsburg was fine Diego £ 84.000 to take – and missing – a penalty in the defeat of the past weekend.
“He challenged us,” said the former manager of Middlesbrough. “We agreed that we must be awarded a penalty, Patrick [Helms] means.” “Diego should not have taken the punishment”.
That was not, however, first McClaren brush with problems of her dressing room. He alienated his Zvjezdan Misimovic shortly after and quickly sold to Galatasaray. These problems did not stop Hoeness punish a January significant spending spree to help McClaren to rescue his first season at the club. As well as the Helms 10 million pounds, Wolfsburg signed Jan Polak, Tuncay Sanli, Yohandry Orozco and Koo Ja Cheol
as proportion of the funds come from the sale of Edin Dzeko to Manchester City they reinvested in the peloton.
“We are now completely satisfied with the solution we found,” Hoeness told Jan 31. “We have taken a strategic and route in the short term because, as well as consider the development of the part, also have to keep our current situation in our minds.”
The situation worsened this weekend, leaving Hoeness without choice and McClaren faced another battle to resurrect his career.
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