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Twente 'close to McClaren' appointment

Dutch side FC Twente claim they are close to appointing former England manager Steve McClaren as their new coach despite opposition from their own supporters.

Twente chairman Joop Munsterman has met McClaren to show him around the club's Grolsch Veste stadium and is waiting for a response from the Englishman.

He said: 'We want a coach who is accustomed to working with top players.'

Munsterman admits most fans of the Enschede club are sceptical about a coach who failed to guide England through qualification for Euro 2008.

He added: 'Ninety percent thinks: why McClaren?

'But believe me, if he becomes our coach we will have a coach who is accustomed to working with top players and he can recognise them.'

McClaren has so far refused to confirm he is in the running for the post and maintained that stance today.

He told Sky Sports News: 'I'm wanting to get back into the game. I'm ready now, I'm fresh, recovered.

'I feel as if I've still got a lot to prove and a lot to give to football. Whether that be in this country or abroad we'll have to wait and see.'

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