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May 05, 2010 03:30 ET

McClaren Restores His Reputation in Style

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - May 5, 2010) - Ask any England fan what their defining memory is of Steve McClaren and it won't be the League Cup he won with Middlesbrough or the titles he won whilst assistant to Alex Ferguson at Manchester United. No, it will be the sight of McClaren hiding under a giant umbrella as his England side crashed out of Euro 2008 qualifying at the hands of Croatia.

However, if there were any doubt about McClaren's talents as a club manager, these will surely have been extinguished this week as he led his unfashionable FC Twente side to the Dutch Eredivisie Championship. Twente's 2-0 win over NAC Breda secured the club's first ever Dutch league title – an amazing achievement for a club whose previous trophies stretched to a couple of Dutch cup wins in 1977 and 2001.

Paddy Power, the leading Irish bookmaker who offer a range of World Cup odds, said, "Twente's league title truly is a stunning achievement for McClaren. Managing one of the country's smaller clubs to a league title and a Champions League spot is a magnificent achievement – even more impressive than Roy Hodgson taking Fulham to the Europa League final."

Twente's triumph means McClaren is the first English coach to win a league championship medal since Bobby Robson did so with Porto back in 1996. However, despite Twente's title, the Dutch national squad for this summer's World Cup is still dominated by players from other clubs. Whilst Holland's 'big three' boast eight of the most recent Netherlands squad, Twente have just one international representative – veteran goalkeeper Sander Boschker.

Paddy Power added, "Holland are 13/1 in our outright World Cup Betting market, although it seems strange that none of their league champions are likely to figure for their country in South Africa. However, there will be several Twente players gracing the World Cup stage this summer, with the likes of Slovakia's Miroslav Stoch, South Africa's Bernard Parker and Switzerland's Blaise NKufo all expected to travel".

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As such its mission is to make 'risk-based entertainment' more accessible and fun. It offers customers an unparalleled betting experience that is great value; great fun and has the best service.

Through this strategy the company has developed a strong reputation as "The Punter Friendly Bookmaker" and has become renowned for its unique "Money Back Specials".

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