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Steve McClaren Leaves Twente After Heerenveen Defeat

26/02/2013 08:34 GMT | Updated 26/02/2013 08:38 GMT

Former England manager Steve McClaren has parted company with Dutch club FC Twente amid growing unrest over their season.

The split comes after Saturday's 2-1 league defeat at Heerenveen left Twente, who won the title under McClaren in 2010, in fifth place in the Eredivisie.

McClaren held talks with president Joop Munsterman over the weekend, but the manager failed to receive the assurances for which he had hoped.

The 51-year-old, who was in his second spell in charge at the Stadium De Grolsch Veste, said in a statement: "After the defeat to Heerenveen on Saturday, I met the President on Sunday.

"We tried to find a solution to the difficult period the team has endured over the last four weeks.

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McClaren returned to Twente after a disastrous spell with Nottingham Forest

"We discussed the expectations of the club, how European qualification was key each season and finishing in the top four.

"Despite being joint top at the winter break and even second four weeks ago, recent results and performances have seen major criticism, protest and demonstration from the supporters and the media.

"The club is bigger than any one individual and Twente is too big in my heart to stand in the way of its progress.

McClaren leaves with Twente only a point adrift of Vitesse Arnhem in fourth place and a further five behind leaders PSV Eindhoven.

However, they have not tasted victory since a 3-0 win at AZ Alkmaar on December 21, a run of six games either side of the mid-season break which has seen them collect just four points from a possible 18.