McClaren explains return to England
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Former England coach Steve McClaren was unveiled as the new manager of Championship side Nottingham Forest today.

The 50-year-old, who previously managed Middlesbrough in the Premier League, returns to English club management after a five-year absence.

His brief tenure as England coach ended when he was sacked the day after a 3-2 defeat by Croatia at Wembley in November 2007, which scuppered the team's hopes of qualifying for UEFA EURO 2008.

He then moved to the Netherlands, guiding FC Twente to second place in the Dutch league in 2009 before leading them to the Eredivisie title the following year. He then joined Bundesliga team Wolfsburg but failed to match that success and was sacked by the German club four months ago.

I came back to England because I wanted to. I had offers to stay on the continent but the challenge of English football, and Nottingham Forest, is what brought me back.
Steve McClaren

"I was successful before England and after, so I don't have to answer to anyone," said McClaren, who agreed a three-year contract on Monday. "Going abroad has made me a better coach and now I look forward to bringing those experiences and what I have learned here to Nottingham Forest.

"A small number of people will concentrate on the England thing and maybe view me in a bad light but I think the majority of people will be, and have been, supportive. I can't change some of those views but the people who know football know me and they have been very supportive.

"I don't feel I have anything to prove. I came back to England because I wanted to. I had offers to stay on the continent but the challenge of English football, and Nottingham Forest, is what brought me back."

He added: "I wanted a new challenge in this country, a big challenge. I wouldn't be sat here if I didn't think I was the man to fulfil everybody's dream of playing in the Premier League. That is the ultimate goal."