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BBC Wales's Geraint Vincent
"With the Swansea mascot 100% Welsh, his availability will please those who say England would benefit from a foreign coach."
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Wednesday, 11 October, 2000, 19:02 GMT 20:02 UK
England manager? Nice one Cyril
Cyril the Swan
Cyril the Swan has not been seen at the club for two days
Swansea City have made it known that their mascot Cyril the Swan is available for consideration as England's new football manager.

The England squad has been through a tough time in the last few days - a loss against germany, the surprise departure of Kevin Keegan and a hatful of injuries have done no favours to the team's chances of qualifying for the World Cup.

Mike Lewis
Managing director Mike Lewis

But cometh the hour, cometh the Swan.

Cyril announced on Wednesday that he would be prepared to guide England through to Japan and South Korea in 2002.

His club says that if he got the call, they could not stand in his way.

"He believes in wing play and England haven't always had a couple of those," said Swansea City managing director Mike Lewis.

"He's certainly got the neck for the job. Being mute, his coaching would be quite interesting to watch, not listen to obviously. So on that basis he's as qualified as anyone to take the job."

What with the Swansea mascot being 100% Welsh, his availability will please those who say England would benefit from a foreign coach.

And there is no doubting his commitment to the game. His club was fined 10,000 a couple of seasons ago when he ran onto the pitch in an FA Cup tie to celebrate a goal.

Cyril the Swan
'Cyril has the neck for the job'

At the club there was no sign of the big bird - and suspicions were roused.

"I'm just concerned as I speak to you now that he could very well be sat in front of the FA councillors putting his case forward.

"There's been no sign of him here for two days. Bearing in mind he would have to fly, it could take him that long to get here.

"He'd probably stop off and see relations in Covent Garden where they're doing Swan Lake at the moment."

It is clear that Swansea will not stop Cyril from fulfilling his management ambitions, but his departure would be devastating, not only for the board but for the legion of adoring fans.

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