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OFF THE POST: McClaren wins one
December 12th, 2007 7AM

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Steve McClaren, fired as England national team coach in November, did win something: the Foot in Mouth Award from the Plain English Campaign. Among the judges' favorite McClaren quotes, "He [Wayne Rooney] is inexperienced, but he's experienced in terms of what he's been through." During his failed effort to qualify England for Euro 2008, McClaren also said, "We're not as good as we think we are. We need to go out there and prove that" and "It was a no-win situation for everyone. We knew we had to win, and we did."

McClaren won despite stiff competition from George W. Bush and British TV host Jeremy Kyle.

English model Naomi Campbell won last year's Foot in Mouth Award "I love England, especially the food. There's nothing I like more than a lovely bowl of pasta."

The award last went to a soccer personality in 1999 when England coach Glenn Hoddle tried to explain his controversial comment that disabilities were caused by deeds in former lives:

"I do not believe that. At this moment in time, if that changes in years to come I don't know, but what happens here today and changes as we go along that is part of life's learning and part of your inner beliefs. But at this moment in time I did not say them things and at the end of the day I want to put that on record because it has hurt people."



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