McClaren: Failure made me stronger

McClaren: Failure made me stronger

Published May. 3, 2010 3:58 p.m. ET

Steve McClaren believes his success in leading FC Twente to the Dutch title will draw a line under his "massive failure" as England boss.

McClaren's team beat NAC Breda 2-0 on Sunday to claim the Eredivisie crown by a point from Ajax, going some way to restoring his reputation after he was sacked by England after failing to lead the team to qualification for Euro 2008.

Reports in England are now linking him with German side Wolfsburg for next season, but for now McClaren is keen to celebrate his success in Holland after taking the brave step to work overseas.

Talking about his time as England boss, McClaren said: "You need failures to make you stronger. I had a massive one.

"There's not a day goes by I don't think about it.

"I hope it draws a line under what's gone before.

"Last season, we finished second and they wrote a book about it called 'It's A Miracle'. We are champions and that's more than a miracle!

"We are going back to Enschede to celebrate and let me tell you, they know how to party there.

"Winning a title in a foreign country with foreign players and coaches feels very special."

If McClaren does opt to stay with the Enschede club, he will have the chance to pit his wits against Europe's biggest clubs in the Champions League.