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Steve McClaren's FC Twente team bus pelted with stones

Steve McLaren
McClaren signed a one-year contract extension with Twente in December

The coach carrying former England boss Steve McClaren and his FC Twente squad has come under attack en route to their 1-0 Eredivisie defeat at AZ Alkmaar.

The bus was pelted with stones during the bombardment on Tuesday which caused damage to the side and rear of the vehicle - there were no injuries.

Dutch police have launched an investigation into the incident.

Twente chairman Jupp Munsterman said: "I cannot believe this has happened. How low can you get?"

He added: "If the stone comes through the windscreen and hits you while travelling, what then?"

McClaren was certain that the attack did not have any effect on the outcome of the match which leaves his side four points clear of rivals Ajax at the top of the table.

The 48-year-old, who became Twente boss in June 2008 after failing to guide England to the Euro 2008 finals, said: "That had no impact on our game."


McClaren has impressed during his managerial spell in the Netherlands, helping Twente finish second in his first season.

And he is on course to win the title as the campaign reaches its climax.

"We missed an opportunity but we still have it in our own hands," he added ahead of Sunday's clash with Feyenoord.

"The reaction of the team is very important. We must now win the last two games and go for it."

Before succeeding Sven-Goran Eriksson as England head coach in 2006, McClaren guided Middlesbrough to League Cup glory in 2004 as well as to the final of the now defunct Uefa Cup in 2006 in Eindhoven where they were beaten 4-0 by Sevilla.

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see also
McClaren haunted by England failure
08 Sep 09 |  Internationals
McClaren relishes Dutch challenge
24 Jun 08 |  Europe
McClaren sacked as England coach
22 Nov 07 |  Internationals

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