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Last Updated: Saturday April 29 2006 08:53 GMT

England job not for me - Scolari

Luiz Felipe Scolari is mobbed by the media.
The man who was tipped to be the next England football manager has said he is not interested in the job.

Brazilian Luiz Felipe Scolari told a news conference on Friday that he won't be taking over from Sven-Goran Eriksson after the World Cup this summer.

Scolari said: "The English FA is going to choose a name. My name isn't one of them because I'm closing this matter."

The manager said he was shocked at the amount of press attention he received after the FA expressed interest in him.

"There are 20 reporters outside my house now," said Scolari.

"I don't want this situation involving England because in two days during which I was not coach, I never agreed to anything, my life was invaded. My privacy was totally under siege."

Criticism

The FA has reacted by saying it would think about Scolari's statement before making any further comment.

The Brazilian's decision has led to criticism of the FA for the way they have managed their search for the next England manager.

Scolari, who will manage Portugal during the World Cup, said he was "very pleased" the FA had considered him, but added: "Definitely at this time I want to draw a line under this matter."



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