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Sunday, 4 June, 2000, 10:54 GMT 11:54 UK
Venables 'offered Libya job'
Terry Venables failed to take Australia to the World Cup
Terry Venables failed to take Australia to the World Cup
Former England manager and Tottenham Hotspur chief executive Terry Venables could be given the task of guiding Libya to the World Cup 2002, according to reports.

Venables, 57, has been offered the job of national coach by Colonel Gadaffi, says the Sunday Times, following a personal recommendation by the Inter Milan owner Massimo Moratti.

The newspaper says Venables has met with President Gadaffi's sons on two occasions and is considering the job after being promised an annual salary of 1.3m.

Venables is quoted as saying: "They asked me in the middle of the week if I would be interested and said they would get back to me. I'm not at liberty to talk about the details."

Venables, who coached England to the semifinals of Euro'96, has also managed the Australian national team as well as Barcelona and Spurs.

Priority

Libya's current coach, Argentine Carlos Bilardo, who led Argentina to victory in the 1986 World Cup, was recently commended for guiding the country to a 4-3 aggregate win over Mali in the African World Cup qualifying matches for the 2002 finals.

However, the Sunday Times says that Bilardo has "fallen out of favour" since that victory five weeks ago.

If he took the job Venables's priority would be to get Libya into the World Cup finals for the first time.

After their surprise win over Mali they are now in a second round group which also includes Angola, Togo, Zambia and Cameroon.

The winner of that section will be one of five African teams in the finals being staged jointly in Japan and South Korea.

Libya start their second round matches with a home fixture against Cameroon in Tripoli on 18 June.

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