The two men worked together for five years between 2001 and McClaren´s appointment to the national job. However, in the wake of the Yorkshireman´s departure from Soho Square, Gibson was less than effusive in an interview published by the Sunday Times.
But Gibson called the Times to say: "Despite their accuracy, my comments did not represent my thoughts and assessment of Steve´s five-year period at Middlesbrough. The McClaren years were undoubtedly the most successful this football club has ever had."
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