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Former Middlesbrough defender Danny Mills has backed Massimo Maccarone's stinging criticism of Steve McClaren.

The England boss has been the subject of a withering character assassination from the Italian striker, who played under McClaren at the Riverside, and was dubbed 'the most hypocritical and false person I have had the misfortune of meeting'.

After joining Siena following a disappointing five-year spell on Teesside, Maccarone also accused his former manager of having 'such evident limits'.

Now Hull City defender Mills has added his voice to the criticism, lambasting the England chief for leaving him in the dark over his future following a loan move from Leeds United in 2004.

"Massimo said Steve was two-faced, and I can't disagree with that," said Mills in The Mirror.

"When I was coming to the end of my loan at Boro, he called me in three days before the end of the season and told me I was definitely part of his plans for the future.

"Three weeks later, he went away with England and I didn't have a phone call from him for three months. By that time, it was too late.

"He's a very good coach, but his man-management skills were very, very poor."