Steve McClaren has returned to English football after spells with FC Twente and Wolfsburg, with the former Middlesbrough and England manager retaining a central European twang to his accent which was the cause of much mirth on Thursday morning.
McClaren was being unveiled as the new manager of Nottingham Forest, with the Midlands club wasting no time in appointing him straight after sacking Billy Davies last Sunday.
Forest clearly felt that they had to move quickly for someone who won the Dutch title with FC Twente and they snapped him up after talks with Aston Villa had fallen through for McClaren.
“There was an approach, an appointment was set up that wasn’t fulfilled. I moved on,” he said. “At the time it was a disappointment, but I’ve had many highs and lows. You quickly move on.
“You learn from those experiences and your philosophy always develops. Going abroad has made me a better coach and now I look forward to bringing those experiences and what I have learned here to Nottingham Forest”.
Aston Villa supporters now face the prospect of Alex McLeish taking charge at Villa Park while McClaren sets about taking Forest into the Premier League.