McClaren backed by Wolfsburg
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Wolfsburg's general manager Dieter Hoeness said today he still has confidence in former England coach Steve McClaren, despite the Bundesliga side being held 2-2 by Schalke after throwing away a 2-0 lead.

McClaren is in his first season in charge of the 2009 German champions and his side are 12th in the table, but have struggled this season in the league.

They allowed a 3-0 lead against Mainz in September to turn into a 4-3 home defeat while Schalke poached a point in Wolfsburg on yesterday.

When you see how he works and what he does, I am sure he will bring great things to the club.
Dieter Hoeness on Steve McClaren

The Englishman, who coached FC Twente to the Dutch title last season, does not speak German, but Wolfsburg's management are happy with his work despite the side winning only four of their 12 league games so far this season.

"We have no problem with our coach," Hoeness told German television. "When you see how he works and what he does, I am sure he will bring great things to the club.

"There is no problem of communication between the coach and the players, the messages are clear."

Under McClaren, England failed to qualify for UEFA EURO 2008 and he is the first English manager to coach in the Bundesliga.