'New chapter' as McClaren starts England job
Steve McClaren arrived at Soho Square to start his new job as England manager and vowed: 'I'm going to do it my way'.
Football Association chief executive Brian Barwick hailed a 'new chapter' for the national team as McClaren began his tenure as Sven-Goran Eriksson's successor.
And the new boss said: 'It's very exciting, I can't wait to actually get started. It will be a great challenge and a great adventure.
'It's going to be totally different, I'm going to do it my way. It's going to be different from Sven, I'm looking forward to the big challenge.'
Asked about his first major task in deciding who will replace David Beckham as skipper, the former Middlesbrough manager said: 'Individuals and smaller details we'll get to later on.'
Exactly a month after England crashed out of the World Cup on penalties, McClaren stepped into the shoes of Eriksson and Barwick told Sky Sports: 'It's a new chapter in the life of the England national team and the FA.
'Steve will be in this morning and I'm looking forward to welcoming him and helping him settle in.
'I am excited. I am always excited about football.'
McClaren, 45, flew to London from Teesside this morning with plans to meet his new FA colleagues at lunchtime before a series of meetings with the senior management, including Barwick.
The new England boss, who accepted the job and signed a four-year deal in May, will meet the FA administration team to consider the plans in place for his first three games against Greece, Andorra and Macedonia.
He will also talk to the media officials to discuss plans to unveil his backroom team.
McClaren still hopes to include former England boss Terry Venables on his staff but there will be no Alan Shearer after the former England captain rejected the offer of a coaching role.
The new England coaching team will be finalised before the end of next week and unveiled at a press conference in London on Friday, August 11.
McClaren may also decide to name his first squad on the same day - for the friendly international against European champions Greece at Old Trafford on August 16.
After two days settling into his new office, McClaren will start to check on the players he hopes to name in his first team against Greece.
He will start by watching Manchester United, one of his former clubs, in pre-season action against Porto in Amsterdam on Friday.
Then he will travel to Germany to see Tottenham play Borussia Dortmund on Saturday.