McClaren quits Nottingham Forest

BY foxsports • October 2, 2011

Steve McClaren resigned Sunday from Nottingham Forest after just 10 matches in charge, ending his brief return to management in England.

The former England coach quit shortly after Sunday's 3-1 home loss to Birmingham left the second-tier team two points off the bottom of the standings.

''He has left the club without compensation - nor will he be seeking any,'' the League Championship club said on its website.

It is almost four years since McClaren was fired as England coach after his side failed to qualify for the 2008 European Championship.

McClaren joined Forest on a three-year contract in the offseason after rehabilitating his managerial reputation on the continent with FC Twente.

Twente won the Dutch league at the end of McClaren's second season in May 2010 before he was lured by Wolfsburg where he was fired six months into the campaign.

But it did not deter Forest, which won the European Cup in 1979 and 1980, but has not been in the Premier League since May 1999.

That was the month when McClaren - as Alex Ferguson's assistant at Manchester United - helped the team win the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League.

Such success helped McClaren in 2001 become a member of England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson's coaching staff and land a top job himself at Middlesbrough.

He produced the club's first ever trophy with victory in the 2004 League Cup final and his side reached the UEFA Cup final in 2006 in Eindhoven, but was beaten by Sevilla.

Five impressive years at Middlesbrough saw McClaren succeed Eriksson as England coach in 2006. He was not the first choice for the job and was under constant pressure against the backdrop of lackluster performances and widespread ridicule.

But after being ditched by the Football Association after just 18 months, McClaren went to continental Europe to find employment again in 2008 at FC Twente.

And despite being mocked back home for speaking English with a Dutch accent, he enjoyed great success on the pitch, with Twente winning the domestic league.

He was then lured by Wolfsburg to become the first English coach in the Bundesliga, but only lasted until February before being fired by the relegation-threatened club.

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