Tuesday, 19th February, 2013

FC Twente chairman Joop Munsterman is backing under fire coach Steve McClaren – for now.

McClaren has fallen out of favour with the club’s fans after the Tukkers slipped down the Eredivisie standings; they entered 2013 level on points with PSV Eindhoven at the top of the league, but have not yet won a game this year.

And McClaren was already under pressure from some sections of the club’s fans for a perceived lack of attractive football being played.

In the weekend’s 1-1 draw at home against lowly Willem II, fans unfurled a banner reading ‘Steve go home’.

But Munsterman will not be asking McClaren to resign.


"His resignation is not the first solution we’re looking at", the Twente supremo told De Telegraaf.

"We’ll talk to each other and work together to get through this."

Twente’s next match at the weekend, away to Heerenveen, now seems to have taken on huge importance for McClaren’s survival chances.

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