McClaren's Twente wins title
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Former England manager Steve McClaren on Sunday led FC Twente to their first ever Dutch league title.

The club from the northern city of Enschede beat league rivals NAC Breda 2-0 to leave them with 86 points after 34 games, one point ahead of Ajax who demolished NEC Nijmegen 4-1. PSV Eindhoven finish third with 81 points. Bryan Ruiz and Miroslav Stoch scored the goals after 23 and 74 minutes.

Ajax, who got a brace from captain Luis Suarez on Sunday, have not won the Eredivisie since 2004. PSV Eindhoven had won four consecutively before AZ lifted the trophy last season.

FC Twente were runners-up last term and their success completes a remarkable transformation under the guidance of McClaren, lampooned as "The Wally with the Brolly" after England's dreams of qualifying for Euro 2008 were washed away in the Croatian rain two years ago.

I came to the Netherlands on the advice of Sir Bobby Robson. I think that today, he'd be very happy for me.
Twente manager Steve McClaren after his side won the title

"This title is for my family. They suffered with me but today they are happy with me," said McClaren, a former assistant to Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United. "Not qualifying England for Euro 2008 was a huge calamity, but I have survived.

"I came to the Netherlands on the advice of [the late] Sir Bobby Robson [who coached PSV to the Dutch title]. I think that today, he'd be very happy for me." he said.

The Englishman has transformed the club from the lively university town of Enschede, just west of the German border. McClaren becomes the first English manager since Robson at Porto in 1996 to win a major European league title.

Twente, nicknamed The Tukkers (The Reds), previously won the title as SC Enschede in 1926 but were restructured following a merger in 1965. Management increased the stadium's capacity from 13,000 to 24,000 in 2009 with plans already afoot to further extend to 40,000 in the months to come.

The club, who will now play in next season's Champions League group stages, can boast an array of players being widely-courted by the continent's giants. Their skipper is Swiss international striker Blaise Nkufo while Costa Rican attacker Ruiz hit 24 goals this season.