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McClaren leaves Twente hot-seat

FC Twente manager Steve McClaren has left his position at the helm of the Eredivisie club, having not won a league game in 2013.

Saturday's defeat at Heerenveen proved to be the last act of the former England coach's disappointing second spell in Holland.

Twente chairman Joop Munsterman gave his backing to the boss in the wake of that defeat but McClaren has still headed for the door.

McClaren had led Twente to the Eredivisie title in 2010 but was unable to recreate that magic since returning to Holland in January 2012.

The club have not won a league game in 2013, meaning they have dropped six points behind table-topping PSV Eindhoven, and fans turned on McClaren.

Twente also slumped out of the UEFA Europa League at the group stages after finishing bottom of Group L with only four points.

A departure from Twente is a latest setback for the 51-year-old, who had previously spent just four months at Nottingham Forest in an ill-fated spell in 2011.

Prior to his time at Forest, McClaren also endured a rocky seven-month reign as manager of Bundesliga club Wolfsburg.

The former Middlesbrough boss, who won the 2004 League Cup and reached the 2006 UEFA Cup final, was sacked as England manager in 2007 after the embarrassing failure to qualify for Euro 2008.