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Maccarone’s Agent Denies He Slagged Everyone Off

Massimo Maccarone’s agent has denied the Middlesbrough striker lashed out in rather specific detail about bosses Steve McClaren and Gareth Southgate.

Maccarone was quoted by La Gazzetta dello Sport, saying:

‘The `magnificent’ McClaren is surely the most hypocritical and false person I have had the misfortune of meeting.

‘He disgusted me by leaving me on the bench for the 2004 League Cup final after having told everyone I was his number one and he was counting on me.

‘At the end, all he could do was mutter `I know, I know’. ‘Only in England can someone with such evident limits become the head of the national team.’

He added: ‘The training methods at Middlesbrough are a quarter of a century out of date.’

On Southgate, Maccarone said:

‘He had promised me he would give me a run of six to eight games. He never kept it (the promise). ‘Maybe that’s the English way of doing things – but for me a promise is a promise.’

Call us naive, but there’s a little too much detail in there for a complete lost-in-translation misquote as his agent seems to be going for. But the man is a player with an axe to grind after a dismal spell at the Riverside, and Ferguson didn’t seem to mind McClaren’s training methods while he was assistant coach at Manchester United – so more than likely it’s just sour grapes.