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England names in the frame
A host of names have been linked with the England manager's job since Steve McClaren was sacked after England's failure to make it to Euro 2008.

But it has been hard to decipher who actually wants it and who is keeping their current employers happy by saying they are committed to their clubs.

Here BBC Sport brings you the latest contenders and their take on whether they are still in the running for the position.

FIRMLY IN THE RUNNING

Fabio Capello

Fabio Capello has said he would like to manage England
61-year-old Capello has won league titles in Italy and Spain
The former Real Madrid coach is alone in being the only contender to stick his neck out and say he wants the job.

The 61-year-old is the experienced head that England could turn to if, as is often the case, the FA decides on appointing someone in contrast to the previous manager.

He says: "The challenge of coaching a national side like England would be something different. The job is not about coaching every day.

"It would be a very difficult challenge but a very exciting one."

ROOM FOR PERSUASION

Jose Mourinho

Clearly the fans favourite after his charismatic and successful spell with Chelsea, the Portuguese is thought to prefer a job at a top club - and with his record, he could probably choose any club he wishes.

Jose Mourinho
Jose Mourinho is the fans' favourite
However, he opened the door for an approach when he told the Sun newspaper: "You will have to speak to the FA to see if they are interested in offering me the job.

"I cannot say what I think until they say they are interested. Tell the FA to come and get me. We will have to wait and see, but I rule nothing out."

Louis van Gaal

The former Holland, Ajax and Barcelona coach did throw his hat into the ring, however it included the one 'small print detail' in his AZ Alkmaar deal stating he would not be able to apply for the job until 2009.

The 56-year-old speaks excellent English, has dealt with his fair share of big names in the past and claims the FA offered him the job a few years ago.

"Maybe they will call me again now but I understand they have other things on their minds, like digesting the fact they have not qualified for the finals of Euro 2008," he said.

"I know the chance of becoming England coach isn't that big."

Roy Hodgson

The Finland manager Roy Hodgson is sitting on the fence for now, but by speaking up, clearly has some desire to take the post should the FA be in touch.

But he is conscious of not being too cocky and has stopped short of the likes of Capello in sticking his neck out.

He says: "I'll only give my opinion if I receive an offer or an invitation to speak to someone.

"The FA might be thinking: 'Who the hell does he think he is? - we'd never give it to him anyway'. I'd hate to be in that position."

Luiz Felipe Scolari

Big Phil was the front runner for the England post last time until the FA decided it needed to make a decision before the 2006 World Cup while Scolari was still under contract to Portugal.

606: DEBATE

The former Brazil honoured his deal then and intends to see through his current contract until after Euro 2008 when he will be on the lookout for another job.

He says: "I have a contract with Portugal, with the federation, until July 2008."

Alan Shearer

The former England captain says he was flattered to be associated with the post. And given that he has yet to manage at any level, his reaction is understandable.

The BBC football pundit did not rule himself out but recognised there were far more experienced candidates ahead of him in the queue.

He says: "Management interests me at some stage in my life, I have always said that. When that will be I really couldn't tell you."

Jurgen Klinsmann

Has been tipped as an "ideal" replacement by Franz Beckenbauer. The German has a good knowledge of English football having spent two spells at Tottenham.

His national team coaching credentials were boosted by Germany reaching the last four of the 2006 World Cup where they lost to eventual winners Italy. Some at the FA might not like the fact the 43-year-old still lives in California.

Beckenbauer says: "Jurgen would be a new beginning for England. He is looking for a role in a country with a great tradition and appetite for football."

And Klinsmann himself has not ruled himself out, saying: "When there are rumours linking me to this job, I must accept that and I do so without any problem. The conditions must be suitable."

COMMITTED TO THEIR CLUBS

Martin O'Neill

O'Neill was interviewed for the England post last time around and has assumed that if he wasn't good enough last time, then the same applies this time.

Has kept all Aston Villa fans happy by saying he has a job to do at club level, but it would be interesting to see what his reaction would be should the FA come crawling.

He says: "My name might not even be put forward and I am uncomfortable talking about it.

"But I have got a commitment to this club and I want to see it through."

Sam Allardyce

Another manager to commit to his club but with Newcastle fans already calling for his head, his stock is on the slide.

I've got a massive job at Reading, as far as I'm concerned, and I'm very happy with that

Steve Coppell

Unlike O'Neill was more forthright when asked if he was ruling himself out, he simply replied: "yes."

He says: "I am not in a position like I was at my old club where the chairman openly extended the invitation for me to go for the position."

Alan Curbishley

Completes the trio of Brits who were courted last time but were ultimately unsuccessful.

He says: "I've moved on. West Ham is where I want to be. I know England is the biggest job but I want to build West Ham up as much as I can."

Steve Coppell

As the Premier League's most experienced English manager, Coppell was hailed as a tactical genius after leading Reading to eighth last season.

But he has found things tougher this term and the former international wants to stick with his club.

He says: "I'm English so people link me. I've got a massive job at Reading, as far as I'm concerned, and I'm very happy with that."

Mark Hughes

It was just a day after McClaren's dismissal that the former Wales manager signed a new deal keeping him at Blackburn until 2010.

He says: "It won't be me, it will be somebody else, trust me. I'd like to try international football again. It's completely different from club football.

"It's very frustrating sometimes but can also be very fulfilling in other respects. But it will be 10 or 15 years before I look at it again."

OUTSIDERS

Harry Redknapp

Redknapp was perhaps the leading English candidate, but the Portsmouth manager's arrest on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud and false accounting has probably ended his chances of taking the job.

If the FA come knocking on anyone's door how could you reject the chance?

Harry Redknapp

But he has cast doubt on other English manager's responses saying they would not reject the chance if offered.

He says: "If you are an Englishman, and a Premier League manager, and the FA comes along and offers you the job, I don't think anyone is going to say no."

Sven-Goran Eriksson

Bring back Sven? His England record looks rosy now compared to McClaren's tenure. But the Manchester City boss has proven his managerial credentials once again, taking City into the Premier League top tier with a number of fine displays.

He says: "There is no need to rule myself out. The FA have not asked me - and they will not. I am happy where I am."

Arsene Wenger

"Non" was the instant reply from Wenger when he was asked if he would like it. And the Frenchman would seem quite happy building a dynasty at Arsenal.

FA chief executive Brian Barwick will not be rushed in coach hunt
FA chief executive Brian Barwick will not be rushed in coach hunt

Wenger looks to be among the experts FA chief executive Brian Barwick will be consulting. But whether Barwick can persuade him to take on the role himself remains to be seen.

Wenger says: "The national football team represents the country, the culture of the country and the leader of your national team should be [English]."

Marcello Lippi

Lippi masterminded Italy's World Cup win in 2006 and has been a towering presence in Italian club football with Juventus.

But unlike Capello, the 59-year-old says that the language barrier would be a problem.

He says: "I love the Premier League but I don't speak English.

"Considering the way I see and experience football this is a big handicap, because a coach above all guides players and my primary concern is the squad."



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