Not a huge surprise
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Former England coach Steve McClaren has been sacked by German side Wolfsburg.
McClaren took over at the Bundesliga outfit in May after steering FC Twente to the Dutch title last season.
But he has struggled at Wolfsburg and has left with the club in 12th place and one point from the relegation zone after Saturday’s defeat at Hannover 96.
“VfL [Wolfsburg] have parted ways with Steve McClaren. Pierre Littbarski is taking over,” said a statement from the 2009 German league champions. (BBC Sport)
This has been on the cards for some time. Former England boss Steve McClaren had great success at FC Twente and was handed the reigns at Wolfsburg who appeared to believe that maybe the Yorkshireman could help the side recapture the glory of their 2008/09 surprise title winning campaign but it was not to be.
After a shockingly poor start it seems that a sacking was imminent and when the club’s form failed to gather momentum after the winter break the Volkswagen club appear to have felt now was the time to act. To be fair to McClaren the club are not doing that much worse than last term and have of course now lost Edin Dzeko to Man City, so it’s hard to imagine what they thought they could achieve under his leadership.
What odds a swift appointment as West Brom boss?