FC Twente chairman Joop Munsterman has revealed Steve McClaren admits he never should have taken the England job.
He told AD Sportwereld: "Looking back he should never have become national team coach, he says now.
"He was too young for that task. But he was the national team coach. How many people can say that?
"We talked with Rafael Benitez, Boudewijn Zenden, we went to Chelsea: everyone was positive about the way McClaren works.
"Jaap Stam found him a fantastic coach, but he added: 'You don't have to call him, he will never join FC Twente'.
"Am I able to call Frank Rijkaard to become coach of FC Twente? Yes, I am, but we are on another track."
Munsterman dismissed the Dutch perception of McClaren as a typical English kick-and-rush coach, adding: "Quite to the contrary. You cannot say that Manchester United played lousy football, can you?
"He reformed the youth academy of Middlesbrough and formed a successful team with young players.
"In the UEFA Cup he was better than the AZ team of Louis van Gaal. McClaren is a man of football, who thinks continental and he does everything with the ball."