English League 2

Dickson poised for ankle op

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Tue, 26 Feb 2013 17:00:00

FC Twente caretaker boss Alfred Schreuder is not planning on making any radical changes following Steve McClaren's resignation.

Former England manager McClaren made the decision to leave the Dutch club amid growing unrest following poor recent form after talks with president Joop Munsterman at the weekend.

Schreuder was put in charge of the team for a period of four weeks while a replacement for McClaren is found and will be assisted by the technical team of Boudewijn Pahlplatz and Youri Mulder.

Twente are only a point adrift of Vitesse Arnhem in fourth place following Saturday's 2-1 league defeat at Heerenveen and a further five behind leaders PSV Eindhoven.

However, they have not tasted victory since a 3-0 win at AZ Alkmaar on December 21 and have only taken four points from a possible 18.

"I do not see why things should be different," Schreuder told ad.nl.

"In the second half at Heerenveen this weekend we played very well. We can make progress. In the details, everyone else thinks about football, but in general we will continue in the same way."

McClaren led Twente to the Eredivisie title in 2010 and revealed he decided now was the right time to leave because "Twente is too big in my heart to stand in the way of its progress."

The 51-year-old said in a statement: "Despite being joint-top at the winter break and even second four weeks ago, recent results and performances have seen major criticism, protest and demonstration from the supporters and the media.

"Unfortunately, Saturday's result has seen further adverse reactions and with two home games coming up, we (McClaren and Munsterman) feel the team needs the support and backing from the supporters.

"After much discussion and deliberation, those assurances weren't forthcoming and we have agreed it's in the best interest of the club going forward that I leave.

The 26-year-old Southampton full-back visited a specialist on Monday and was advised to go under the knife as soon as possible, with the predicted recovery time potentially in the region of six months.

Dickson joined the Bantams last month and made six appearances. He is the second City left-back to be ruled out long-term since the turn of the year after James Meredith was struck down with a bout of glandular fever.

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