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Last Updated: Thursday, 27 April 2006, 09:56 GMT 10:56 UK
Your reaction to Scolari for England
Luiz Felipe Scolari looks set to become the new England coach after the Football Association offered him the job.

But is he the right choice? Has the FA done well in moving for the Brazilian, or is Scolari the wrong choice?


Strategically brilliant. If he helps us to win trophies it will not be 'England with a foreign manager' written on the cups, it will just read 'England', something that has been absent for too long.
Tuzzer, England

Glad to see so many positive comments. Felipao used to manage my team, Gremio, and I've met the guy. He's a genuine football man with a record few can match and he'll be able to handle the media as well. Good luck, Gaucho.
James Grayson, UK/Brazil

Scolari is a sound choice. Some people are saying how can he understand the passion of an England team. He understands it well enough to beat it in two crucial games in the World Cup and European Championships!
Barry Nolan, Newcastle upon Tyne

I believe he is the man who is capable of moulding England into the team to beat in near future. He could get the best out of the players, including the stars and at the same time, teach future possible candidate like Steve McLaren a trick or two.
Victor, Malaysia

I have attended a conference with Scolari as a guest speaker. The man is a cross between Brian Clough and Bill Shankly. In addition his record is outstanding. A good choice.
Bob, Portugal

Wake up England! We could have the best international manager in the world. He isn't another Sven. Wait until he starts winning matches for us, wait until we see him jumping from the dugout to get behind the team. Big Phil + the current crop of England talent = success.
Nick Oke, England

It would seem that common sense has prevailed at the FA. To all those champions of an English coach I would ask if Chelsea, Liverpool, Man U or Arsenal were looking for a new coach would an Englishman be at the top of the list?
Paul Chapman, England

Reading some comments here, I can just say that Brazilians are very much different from English people. We like "foreigners" and I am sure Scolari will give his best as he has given Portugal.
L.Mazzoni, Brazil

He is a good manager and a good replacement for Sven who I still believe should not have been hounded out by the paparrazi. England does not have a manger able to lead the national side, which is the fault of the FA.
David Rose, England

I think that England should be happy with the FA's choice, and be aware how lucky they are to have the opportunity of aquiring such an amazing manager. I have no doubt that he will take England to its limits.
Edward, Brazil

The choice of Scolari showed courage - a decision based on football. Everyone agrees that if all else were equal, then choose an English manager. But all else wasn't equal and Scolari's record put him far ahead of the others.
Gary Kemp, UK

He's won the World Cup so you can't argue with his track record. I suspect Phil will be a breath of fresh air after the cool detachment of Sven. Judging from his touchline performances in 2002 and 2004 it will be nice to see a bit of passion on the touchline.
Alistair, England

How refreshing that the FA has held its nerve against the near-sighted vision of an England manager having to be a Brit. Scolari has a record that anyone would be proud of, especially the unaccomplished Englishmen who were being seriously considered.
Darren Bellas, UK

A brilliant choice. He is able to make the hard choices when it matters - his decisions to leave out Romario from the 2002 World Cup and take off Figo in Euro 2004 - and clearly has international pedigree. I also look forward to his show down with the press when he decides to drop someone like Beckham or Rooney.
James, UK

Scolari is a world-class manager. Why appoint somebody purely for the fact they are English? He knows how to handle top players with egos and make them perform well.
Niall, England

Fantastic appointment. He is head and shoulders above any of the other nominees and will bring some of the Brazilian magic to a talented squad who have yet to reach their full potential.
Mark S, UK


I'm very disappointed. Communication and motivation springs from a command of the language and he hasn't got it. The deep passion that is needed to be a winner has no better starting point than one's nationality. He hasn't got that.
Bob Nolan, UK

I think this is one of the saddest days in English football. Non matter how much money you pay a person to do a job, if, as would be natural, their loyalties and heart lies with another country they cannot give their best. We need to feel proud as a nation once again.
Margaret Sleeman, England

This is outragous. The England job must go to an Englishman. There is plenty of talent that can take us places. No wonder we only have one decent goalkeeper if all we do is go foreign. Be English and be proud.
Kerry Moralee, England

I an not doubting Scolari's credentials for the job, however this is a massive insult to our English managers. Steve Mclaren has been with England for a few years now and seen it all. He knows the players inside out, another crazy decsion by the FA.
Craig, England

Rubbish. What an insult to the young English managers who were in the frame. This man can't even speak English. Will be like Sven all over again, no passion. He'll pick up his 3m-a-year regardless of whether he wins anything or not.
Nigel, England

A disgrace - how can you call a team England with a non-English manager?
Tim Bedford, England

Only an Englishman can understand the pride and passion that wearing the three Lions can bring. It is a sad day that the founding nation of football needs to look around the globe for a foreigner to manage our national side. Shame on you, FA.
David Burke, England

Why this man? What's wrong with Martin O'Neill? Shocking when you read between the lines. The FA has a great deal to answer for both now and in the past
Tony Fynn, New Zealand

The FA is ripping the heart and soul out of English football. The passion from being proud of a England team being led by a passoinate Englishman who is a part of us is lost for ever. I cannot take this anymore, as a England fan I have had enough of this betrayal.
Gary, England

It is a joke that the English managers have been overlooked again. What chance have they got of building up a CV like Scolari's if they get overlooked for every top job nationally and domestically.
Matt Wakeman, Birmingham, England

What a kick in the guts for English managers. There is enough talented managers in this country, but the FA are short sighted and gone for the quick fix option. Not happy with this at all.
Si Dutton, UK


To say that the English manager has to be English is no different from saying that Arsenal are not representing English football: rubbish. However, there is a clear need for English managers to start looking harder for other jobs outside of England if they are to add to their CV.
Richard Lee, England

The best of a bad bunch. Couldn't be a Brit, but they don't just lack experience they lack quality too. Could anyone stand Sam Allardyce's bitter post-defeat diatribes? Should have been Mourinho and failing that Wenger.
Jack, England

It's all well and good wanting an England manager but the undeniable fact remains - there isn't one currently good enough. Scolari is a top coach who could do great things with the England team. The current crop of English club managers can gain experience in the interim.
Lee Hotch, England

I think Scolari is an excellent coach and his record reflects this, but I also think that the FA have missed a golden opportunity to appoint a young English manager who can build a strong team for the next 10 or 15 years.
Dave, UK

Scolari has an outstanding record that should not be dismissed simply because he is not British. England doesn't have a truly world-class coach so we need to look overseas.
Jonathan Owen, England

It would have been nice to see an English manager but there isn't one with as good a record as Scolari. And we want someone to help us win things rather than just to say they are English, don't we?
David Smith, England, UK

The best man for the job with a proven track record. The rest of the field are too lightweight and too much of a gamble. I'm sure one of the English candidates can be accomodated in any new set-up.
Mervyn Elliott, Nothern Ireland

It's going to ruffle some feathers, but I think the FA has made the right decision. Hand on heart, we do not have an English candidate with credentials that come anywhere close to Scolari's.
Sarah, England

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