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Last Updated: Thursday, 4 May 2006, 15:24 GMT 16:24 UK
Hansen's view on McClaren

By Alan Hansen
BBC Sport football expert

After the debacle over Luiz Felipe Scolari, it was almost inevitable the Football Association would set their sights on Steve McClaren.

Steve McClaren
If you pick an England boss, results over five or six years are important - what they achieve over five or six weeks is neither here nor there
And it is not difficult to see why. McClaren knows the set-up at the FA and he has been relatively successful with Middlesbrough.

But you cannot escape the fact that there has been a flaw in the selection process.

This should not have been a decision made by a committee. Brian Barwick should have been in charge, maybe with Trevor Brooking as his assistant and he should have gone with his gut instinct.

The danger with the way it has been handled is that you could end up with a compromise candidate that is not quite right for the job.

Now, I'm not saying for one minute that Steve McClaren is not the right man.

But the way the FA went about picking him has not been helpful.

When Boro were beaten 4-0 by Aston Villa in February, he was 150-1 in the betting to become England manager.

Then, all of a sudden Boro go on a great run and he went to 11-8 on.

Now, to me, there is something wrong with that.

If you are picking an England manager, then obviously the results - and what they have achieved overall - at their club over five or six years is vitally important.

People talk about England managers having big-time experience, but that will only happen if the big clubs take a chance on them
But what they achieve over five or six weeks is neither here nor there.

The odds on the guys who were in the frame for the England job - McClaren, Stuart Pearce, Sam Allardyce and Alan Curbishley - seemed to go up and down according to club results week by week.

McClaren deserves credit for what he has done with Middlesbrough this season.

Taking them to the Uefa Cup final is a fine achievement and there has been plenty of drama along the way.

But Middlesbrough's season has been very up and down.

And the argument which applies to all the English candidates is that they have not won anything.

What England want in an ideal world is a manager that has been competing in the Champions League, who has been winning the Premiership.

But unfortunately, those managers are all foreigners.

It is a sort of catch-22 situation.

People talk about England managers having big-time experience, but that will only happen if the big clubs take a chance on them.

And I do not think that is going to happen in my lifetime.

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