McClaren vows to bounce back
Former England coach Steve McClaren insists he can still be a successful coach at the highest level despite being sacked by Wolfsburg after just seven months in charge of the German club.
McClaren was axed in January with his side only one point above the Bundesliga relegation zone, but he is determined to return to management as soon as possible.
"If I didn't believe I was good at coaching I could have given up after England. I had enough people telling me I should. But I feel passionately that I have something to contribute," he told The Times. "People can say what they like about Wolfsburg being a failure but I'm the one who dared to come out here.
"I didn't expect to be an overnight success in Germany but I could have turned things around given time. I know the players would back me up on that but for the club, and myself, it was better to move on. I want a job that excites me and is something different. I've enjoyed the new experiences of the last couple of years."
The 49-year-old has managed to salvage his career once before after being dismissed by England following his failure to lead his country to UEFA EURO 2008. He was dubbed 'The Wally with the Brolly' by the English media after using an umbrella during heavy rain at Wembley in November 2007 during his final game in charge when his team were beaten by Croatia.
McClaren got back on track with a successful spell at Dutch club FC Twente, where he won the league in 2010 and that triumph persuaded Wolfsburg to make him the first English coach of a Bundesliga team. However, he struggled to adapt to the German club's power structure and paid the price after a series of bad results and failed signings.
"I can understand why German clubs think it is a successful two-tier model," he added. "Players are bought with an overall strategy so that if the coach moves on there doesn't have to be a clear-out in the dressing room too. There was no secret about the structure so you can say that it was my failing that I couldn't adapt."