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​Ex-England boss McClaren reckons English managers have an image problem

Former England boss Steve McClaren believes English managers are hampered by an image problem.

It is 25 years since an Englishman won the top-flight title, when Howard Wilkinson led Leeds to the old First Division championship.

There are currently six English managers in the Premier League.

"I think in the past we've made mistakes and been labelled," McClaren, who won the Dutch league with FC Twente in 2009-10, told BBC Sport.

"I asked the Dutch coaches about the English and British coaches. They're not respected, have a bad image. They think we have an island mentality, we only know English and stick with that, we won't learn other languages.

"They feel we're rigid in our play, 4-4-2, not adaptable, not flexible, very direct.

"They only thing they really admired was our attitude and fight. But I think it takes more than that to win a championship."

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