Thursday, November 22, 2007

England Look For New Coach

The decision was taken at an emergency board meeting at Soho Square this morning after last night's desperate defeat to Croatia which wrecked England's hopes of qualifying for the European Championships in Austria and Switzerland next year.

The board — headed by Geoff Thompson, the chairman, and Brian Barwick, the chief executive — voted to terminate McClaren’s £2.5 million-a-year deal, which ran until 2010, after discussing a severance package with his agent, Colin Gordon. Martin O’Neill, the Aston Villa manager, is the early favourite to be McClaren's replacement.

"At a meeting this morning, The FA board unanimously decided to terminate the contract of England head coach Steve McClaren with immediate effect," Thompson said. "The board also terminated the contract of assistant coach Terry Venables.

"The board have agreed that there will now be a full root and branch examination of the whole England senior team set-up, which will begin with immediate effect. This will be led by Brian Barwick reporting into the chairman, who will update the board.

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