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Last Updated: Wednesday, 25 January 2006, 07:25 GMT
English coach ideal, says Shearer
By Chris Bevan

Alan Shearer
Shearer is not interested in the England job himself
Ex-England skipper Alan Shearer would like to see an Englishman as coach - but feels experience is not important.

Shearer ruled himself out but told BBC Sport: "People will say he should be English but we want success. Ideally it would be with an Englishman, though.

"The job is about getting results. Marco van Basten and Jurgen Klinsmann did not have any experience before taking charge of Holland and Germany.

"They are both doing reasonably well so I don't know how important that is."

The former England captain played down any suggestions that he is personally interested in the job, adding: "That is a bit premature."

It did not affect us when Terry Venables announced he was standing down as England boss ahead of Euro 96
Alan Shearer

The 34-year-old Newcastle striker admits he was surprised by Monday's announcement that Sven-Goran Eriksson is to step down after this year's World Cup.

He said: "Nobody really expected it to be honest but I am not surprised by the outcome.

"And no-one knows yet whether it is the right or wrong decision - only time will tell.

"Fingers crossed, if England go on and win the World Cup then it will be right. If we don't, then people will say it was wrong - we have to wait and see."

Shearer was an England player when then national boss Terry Venables announced ahead of Euro 96 that he was standing down as manager after the tournament.

England went on to enjoy a successful campaign on home territory, thrashing Holland 4-1 on the way to the semi-finals before losing to Germany on penalties.

"It did not affect us when Terry announced he was going," Shearer said. "I cannot remember the squad's exact reaction, but everyone got on with him and he had a good relationship with all his players, just as Sven seems to.

"It did not lower our morale then, but I don't know whether it will affect it now.

"I certainly hope it doesn't because there are some top quality players in our squad and I am sure they are all just looking forward to the World Cup as well.

"We didn't win it in the end, but we were positive anyway and nothing was going to get in our way. I cannot speak for the squad this time because I haven't been in it - but hopefully they feel the same."

Englishmen like Sam Allardyce, Alan Curbishley and Steve McClaren have been named as potential successors to Eriksson.

As have foreign coaches such as ex-Bayern Munich boss Ottmar Hitzfeld, Australia and PSV coach Guus Hiddink and Portugal boss Luiz Felipe Scolari.

The list of candidates is long and impressive and Shearer said: "I don't know who I would like to see as the next manager.

"But whoever gets the job, it will be a full-time position. I wouldn't have thought it could be a part-time post - it is a big job."

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