McClaren takes charge at Twente
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Former England manager Steve McClaren has agreed to a two-year deal to coach Twente, according to a report on the Dutch first division club's website on Friday.

Twente will play in the UEFA Champions League next season, giving the 47-year-old McClaren a fresh challenge following his sacking in the wake of England's failure to qualify for the UEFA EURO 2008.

McClaren said he had sought the advice of former England manager Bobby Robson before deciding to agree terms on what is his first coaching job since leaving the England post.

"I got some advice from Bobby Robson, who told me that the Dutch championship, and the club, would be to my liking," said McClaren.

"It is a big challenge for me to compete with FC Twente in the Dutch league and the Champions League and I have the feeling we all will start the season with a positive feeling."

McClaren replaces Fred Rutten, who has agreed to coach Schalke 04 in Germany's Bundesliga.

Twente chairman Joop Munsterman said: "It is important that FC Twente's technical policy will be continued."