Steve McClaren has warned Fabio Capello that England's problems won't disappear overnight.
The former national coach knows exactly how Capello feels as the Italian struggles to produce a winning team with English football's underachieving stars. Capello, a proven success at AC Milan, Real Madrid and Juventus, was expected to transform England's fortunes when he succeeded McClaren last year in the aftermath of the team's failure to qualify for UEFA EURO 2008.
But there has been no obvious improvement so far, and Capello's side were booed off at Wembley after a lacklustre 2-2 draw against the Czech Republic last week.
McClaren, who was also Sven Goran Eriksson's assistant during England's 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™ campaign, is convinced there are deep-rooted problems surrounding the team that even Capello may not be able to master immediately.
"Of course I know the problems. They will not go away. I have documented the problems before, and if you have an hour, I could document them again," he said. "I had great affinity with England for seven years, I don't like the reactions and I know the problems an England manager has, more than anyone else and people are finding that out now.
"Again, it is an over-reaction to a defeat. I experienced that and we are experiencing it again, but England have one of the top managers in the world in Capello and I wish them good luck in the qualifiers.
"But England is not my problem any more. The only thing I am worried about or bothered about is being successful with FC Twente. They have given me an opportunity to work in Holland at a good club with good people and I want to pay them back."