BBC Pick McClaren As Expert For Croatia Game

With tongue firmly in cheek, the BBC have revealed Steve McClaren will be one of their expert pundits on Radio 5 Live for Croatia's Euro 2008 opener against co-hosts Austria on Sunday...
The umbrella-donning ex-England boss was famously read his last rites after his second loss in as many meetings against Croatia in European Championship qualifying - the second of them of course being at home, and costing England a place in this summer's Austria-Switzerland tournament.

With Slaven Bilic's men now preparing for their opening group game on Sunday, the BBC have revealed that McClaren - who will pocket an estimated £5,000 for a month's work with the broadcasters throughout the tournament - will be one of their experts on for the Austria-Croatia showdown.

There has already been some scathing fall-out from the announcement, with England supporters publicly criticising the coach for his past failures and quetioning his credentials as an expert.

"There's one way to guarantee fans switching off - get Steve McClaren as their so-called expert," England supporter Mark Burgess told the Daily Mirror.

"It comes out of licence fee payers' money and we get a bloke who lost twice to Croatia to be the expert. His knowledge didn't get him very far against them when he was in charge of England."

England Fans supporters group member Mark Perryman was a little more lighthearted regarding the news, but also felt McClaren was inadequate - though not as bad as BBC regular and former England legend Alan Shearer

"It does strike me as a bit strange to employ someone who has lost to Croatia twice and yet the BBC often employ washed-up managers who have failed," said Perryman.

"Mind you, at least Steve McClaren has had a go. Alan Shearer (above) pontificates and tells people where they are going wrong without ever having managed.

"McClaren will know all about Croatia - having lost to them twice!"

Chet Winter, Goal.com