'First choice' McClaren loses face
May 10, 2006
By Dale Johnson
It was supposed to be the night when Middlesbrough capitalised on twin dramatic comebacks against FC Basle and Steaua Bucharest by lifting the UEFA Cup in Eindhoven.
In the event, Middlesbrough were shown up as a second-rate side which had scraped through to the final through two amazing strokes of luck.
There's a common school of thought that Steve McClaren landed the England job based on those two UEFA Cup matches. Those comebacks ...