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Last Updated: Tuesday January 24 2006 12:56 GMT

Who will succeed Sven as England boss?

Sven-Goran Eriksson at the Football Association
Even though Sven-Goran Eriksson's departure as England coach is still months away, thoughts are already turning to who will takeover from the Swede.

Many people are calling for an Englishman to be in charge of the England team, but some think to get the best person for the job, the FA will have to go abroad again.

Newsround's Neil Doughty takes a look at the names in the frame to replace Sven.


Sam Allardyce

Sam Allardyce - Bolton Wanderers

Bolton's success under Allardyce has been little short of miraculous, taking them into the Premiership and then into the Uefa Cup this season.

Strengths:
English. Brilliant domestic record. Has been able to get the most of a lot of players other clubs didn't want, so an extremely good motivator. Uses lots of technology and science in his management.
Weaknesses:
His teams have a reputation for playing long-ball football, and relying on set-pieces to score goals. He uses a lot of foreign players at Bolton, which he obviously can't do with England. Lack of experience in European football may count against him.


Steve McLaren

Steve McClaren - Middlesbrough

Steve McClaren has taken Middlesbrough into the Uefa Cup two seasons in a row, and has been working with Eriksson.

Strengths:
English. Works with the England setup already, so knows the international game well. Experience at the highest level with England, Boro and Manchester United where he was assistant to Sir Alex Ferguson.
Weaknesses:
Boro are not playing well at the moment. McClaren has been criticised for a slightly negative style of football. Perhaps a completely fresh start is best for England?


Alan Curbishley

Alan Curbishley - Charlton Athletic

Alan Curbishley has been in charge at Charlton since 1991 and has turned them from a Championship side to an established Premiership outfit.

Strengths:
English. Charlton play good attractive football, and have supplied England with players during Curbishley's time in charge. Gets the best out of a limited squad. Good talent spotter.
Weaknesses:
No European level experience. No trophies or outstanding seasons in the Premiership. Hasn't worked with big-name players at Charlton.


Stuart Pearce

Stuart Pearce - Manchester City

An England legend, 'Psycho' was a brilliant left-back for his country and has enjoyed a lot of success since taking over at Manchester City.

Strengths:
English. Having won 78 caps for his country he'll have the respect of the players. England under Pearce would not lack for motivation. Will have learnt from a number of different England coaches as well as legend Brian Clough.
Weaknesses:
A lack of managerial experience. No managerial experience at European level.


Martin O'Neill

Martin O'Neill - Unemployed

Having enjoyed huge success in England with Leicester and in Scotland with Celtic, Martin O'Neill is often seen as the ideal man for any managerial job that becomes available.

Strengths:
A brilliant motivator of players and a proven winner of trophies at both Leicester and Celtic. Took Celtic to a Uefa Cup final.
Weaknesses:
Not English. Plus he may not want the job at the moment. He left Celtic to look after his wife who was ill


Gus Hiddink

Gus Hiddink - PSV Eindhoven and Australia

Gus Hiddink is a hugely experienced coach, and after this World Cup will have taken charge of three different countries at three different tournaments.

Strengths:
International experience. Huge success with a limited South Korea side at the last World Cup. Taken Australia to this tournament too. Has won the European Cup at PSV Eindhoven.
Weaknesses: Not English. May be a bit too similar in style to Eriksson.


Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho

Arsene Wenger - Arsenal/Jose Mourinho - Chelsea

Were England to go for a foreign manager again, Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho would be the ideal candidates. Although foreign they both have a lot of Premiership experience and maybe "English enough" for supporters.

Strengths:
Both have enjoyed amazing success at club level, and their teams play attractive football. Excellent talent spotters and are able to motivate their players to perform at their very best.
Weaknesses:
Very, very, very unlikely to leave their current jobs. Do use a lot of foreign players in their teams, which of course they couldn't do for England.



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