FC Twente fires coach Co Adriaanse

FC Twente fired coach Co Adriaanse on Tuesday and club chairman

Joop Munsterman said former England coach Steve McClaren was ”on

the list” of candidates to replace him.

Adriaanse, who also has coached Ajax, Red Bull Salzburg and FC

Porto, was halfway through a one-season contract at Twente.

He began his tenure by winning the season-opening Johan Cruyff

Shield and the team is currently third in the Eredivisie, five

points behind leader AZ Alkmaar. But relations between Adriaanse

and the players and assistant trainers have been strained.

”The synergy and chemistry we hoped for never happened,”

Munsterman said at a news conference.

McClaren, 50, remains popular in Enschede after he coached

Twente to its first Dutch league title in 2010.

Despite reports in the Dutch media that McClaren was already

lined up to succeed Adriaanse, Munsterman said he was only one of a

list of possible candidates.

”We want to talk (with McClaren) and we will do that in the

coming days,” he said. He did not name any other possible


McClaren has been out of work since leaving English second-tier

side Nottingham Forest in November, after just 10 matches in


McClaren became England coach in 2006 but was ditched by the

Football Association after just 18 months when the team failed to

qualify for Euro 2008.