He said: "I remember once when I went to the national team and came back and I said to Steve ‘we're trying the same (things) with the national team as we do at Middlesbrough. He said ‘What do you expect? We're training these guys to cope with international football'."
He added: "It's different to the English game. It's more possession play but McClaren will find it quite easy to adapt to Dutch football. He's a very good manager. When I worked with him at Middlesbrough, he brought the best out of us. If you look at his record at Middlesbrough, I think it is quite impressive.
"They (had) never won anything and under Steve McClaren we did win something and we qualified for the UEFA Cup final."