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Last Updated: Thursday, 20 April 2006, 07:39 GMT 08:39 UK
Media back O'Neill for England
England could appoint a new manager to succeed Sven-Goran Eriksson as early as next week.

BBC Radio Five Live asked football writers from the national newspapers who they think should get the job.

The odds-on favourite - Middlesbrough's Steve McClaren - received no backing, while ex-Celtic manager Martin O'Neill was the clear frontrunner.

This is what the country's top football scribes had to say...

Henry Winter - Daily Telegraph
Martin O'Neill

I would like Martin O'Neill to be the next manager of England because he would excite the players and he would excite the fans.

Kevin McCarra - The Guardian
Martin O'Neill

I believe the next England manager should be Martin O' Neill because he has inspiring qualities. I recall in 2004 his fairly average collection of Celtic players knocked Barcelona out of the Uefa Cup. Anybody who can do that could give England the extra dimension they currently lack.

Mick Dennis - Daily Express
Alan Curbishley

I am an Alan Curbishley man because of his long track record of sustained success. When he took over at Charlton they had no ground, very few fans and no hope but he has sustained them in the Premiership, which is an extraordinary achievement and I'd like him to do the same for England.

Sam Wallace - Independent
Martin O'Neill

I want the next England manager to be Martin O'Neill. I think the players have to realise that it's the end of an era. He's the man with the charisma and the strength of character to tell them that. I think he is prepared to make the difficult decisions but that might be one of the reasons why he might not get the job. Like Brian Clough, he might be too controversial for the Football Association.

Matt Lawton - Daily Mail
Martin O'Neill

I'd like to see Martin O'Neill appointed as the next England manager simply because he is the outstanding candidate among those who have been interviewed. He is somebody who would inspire the players to push on from this summer's World Cup.

Matt Dickinson - The Times
Martin O'Neill

I want Martin O'Neill as the next England manager because I think he has got that touch of slightly eccentric, mad brilliance that could make England champions in a major competition.

Shaun Custis - The Sun
Sam Allardyce

I think Sam Allardyce should be the next England manager. He has proven throughout his managerial career that he gets the absolute maximum out of players. It doesn't matter that he's not played for his country - Arsene Wenger never played for France, Jose Mourinho didn't play for Portugal, but they've got the presence that earns respect. Allardyce has that same presence and the character to be England boss.

Martin Lipton - Daily Mirror
Martin O'Neill

What England need is a motivator - a man who can get the players to play for him, a man who shows the passion that the England fans have. That man isn't an Englishman, that man is Martin O'Neill.

Brian Woolnough - Daily Star
Sam Allardyce

I would have given it to Guus Hiddink, but the FA has messed that up. Now, I would give it to Sam Allardyce because he really really really wants it.

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