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McClaren tells Fabio to quit

12 Nov 2009 - 08:52:32

Former England boss Steve McClaren has told Fabio Capello to walk away should he win the World Cup next summer.

The Italian has guided the Three Lions to the finals in South Africa with little drama after winning nine of their ten Group Six games to finish easily ahead of main rivals Croatia and Ukraine.

That is in marked contrast to the turbulent spell under McClaren which led to England failing to qualify for Euro 2008.

But McClaren, who is successfully resurrecting his tarnished career with Dutch club FC Twente, believes Capello would be wise to step down should he guide England to glory next summer.

Capello is under contract with the Football Association until 2012.

"In the end with that job you can't really win, the best thing is to get in, be successful and then quickly get out. So advice to Capello: win a World Cup and then quit," McClaren told The Independent.

"I think it is just the position you are in. It goes with the job, it goes with the territory. It wasn't as if I didn't know because I saw it with Sven (Goran Eriksson) and I was by his side when everything was going on. So I knew what it involved.

"I knew it (the criticism) was coming so I didn't take notice and I tried to keep away.

"People told me but I probably don't know the full extent of all the things that were said and done. But when I look back that's the fall-out from any England manager.

"They all got it. Sven got it, Graham Taylor got it, Bobby (Robson) got it early on. Everyone."


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