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Newcastle boss Allardyce delighted for McClaren

Sam Allardyce has congratulated England boss Steve McClaren for the six-point haul which revived the nation's Euro 2008 qualifying campaign.

The Newcastle boss who was a candidate for the job following Sven-Goran Eriksson's departure, expressed his pleasure at the 3-0 victories over Israel and Russia inside five days which took much of the weight off the beleaguered McClaren's shoulders.

Allardyce said: "Let's face it, the poor lad gets slaughtered for the slightest slip-up, so I'm really pleased he can go into this particular break and feel very, very satisfied with what he has achieved.

"That's not the players, that's Steve McClaren and his backroom staff, I am really, really pleased for them.

"And I am pleased for the players because they are really good players, but they have massive amounts of pressure heaped upon them from the media point of view, and I think that is one of the reasons why they under-achieve sometimes.

"But now, they are right there and they are in a great position. They have had two great wins at Wembley, so they have put that behind them now with two very, very comfortable performances."



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