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Last Updated: Friday, 28 April 2006, 13:10 GMT 14:10 UK
Curbishley cool over Scolari move
Alan Curbishley
Charlton manager Alan Curbishley claims he will feel "relief" as much as disappointment if the England job ends up going to Luiz Felipe Scolari.

Curbishley was seen as one of the main English contenders, along with Sam Allardyce and Steve McClaren.

He said: "We have all been embroiled in it and if they are getting nearer to a selection then great because it needs to be sorted out.

"If they think they have the right man, then it's a relief for everybody."

Curbishley added: "I have had no other contact from the FA so we will leave it there."

Allardyce said on Thursday he had not given up hope that he could yet be named England coach - but expects to be told by the FA if he is not.

"As far as I am concerned, all those who have been interviewed for a second time should all feel as though they are still in with a shout," said Allardyce.

"One way or the other, you would hope to be told by the FA.

We all want a final and definitive decision to be made
Sam Allardyce

"You would not want to find out you either had, or had not, got the job by picking up the papers.

"But I have no reaction to what has been reported because there has been no official statement.

"Until I get that official call from Brian Barwick or whoever, I am not at liberty to comment.

"We all want a final, definitive decision to be made but, as the FA has said, the process is still progressing."

Meanwhile, Middesbrough boss McClaren, who was the favourite for the England job just days ago, steered clear of the issue.

"It's not an actual concern of mine, it's not an issue that I want to deal with," said McClaren after watching Boro clinch a place in the Uefa Cup final.

"That's the process they (the FA) have chosen. My concern is getting on with Middlesbrough Football Club."

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