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Last Updated: Monday, 30 January 2006, 15:36 GMT
How to be England boss
What it takes to be a good manager
By Mark Lawrenson
BBC Sport football expert

The Football Association has revealed it has already begun the search for England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson's sucessor.

Last week it was announced that the Swede will no longer be in charge after this summer's World Cup - and the potential candidates to step into his shoes are being analysed in the media.

BBC Sport's Mark Lawrenson outlines the skills required to get the job.


You could take something from every Premiership boss. They are all a bit different but they're all aiming to do the same thing - win games.

Some personalities are larger than life, some are more reserved, but tactically there are not many differences.

If you had Mick McCarthy at Chelsea, I don't think you would see many changes. Some managers are more defensive, some more attacking, but from Jose Mourinho to McCarthy, most generally think the same way.


There are many ways of gaining respect, and it is the first thing a manager should be looking for. You may have been a great player, or have proved yourself as a club or international coach.

The new German coach Jurgen Klinsmann and Dutch coach Marco van Basten are perfect examples of great players moving into management.

If you don't start off with that respect you will struggle - unless of course you win all your games.

All the players will begin by listening to you and you will have to form relationships on both an individual and team basis. But ultimately results mean everything.


It is all very well being a good coach, but it is more important to be aware of the tactics you will be changing during the games.

Jose Mourinho and Mick McCarthy
Can you spot the difference?

Looking back at the 2002 World Cup and Euro 2004, this was the failure of Sven-Goran Eriksson.

If you're the coach, you set the team to play a certain way. You know your opposition weeks in advance and you devise a plan on how to beat them.

They will naturally respond to this, but the trick is being able to react - whether it's in the first half, at half-time or in the dying minutes.


This is massively important. For me, international managers are virtually part-time. An average year might include about eight games - four competitive and four friendlies.

It's like being an FA Cup manager and you have to get the players up and ready for the game.


I don't think the players of top teams such as England need coaching - they just need organisation and preparation.

They'll need to know occasionally what to do in certain circumstances, such as playing in different positions.


Man-management is important - particularly when it comes to dropping a player from the team.

Managers live or die by their results so they'll have to explain to the players that their decisions are based on getting the right result.

I don't think it makes a difference whether the manager is English or not
Picking a team to win is not a big deal. It is not like club management where you have to deal with the players week in, week out.

You're with the squad for only a few days a year, so it is a bit like borrowing the players.

It is important to spend time with them individually.

International managers have to try to be friends with the players, but there is very little time to form any lasting relationships.


I don't think having groups of players from rival teams is a great problem.

The players tend not to share rooms now and their training, video analysis and most other activities will be done together as a unit.

You also have to put your trust into your coaching staff and make everybody aware of the importance of making people mix together.

As a player, part of the fun is listening to the gossip from other clubs. It's something most players really look forward to.

A manager's job is to shape your team the way you want it to play.


You have to be unbelievably thick-skinned and just blot everything out. Not reading the newspapers will probably help as well.

Keeping all the players' managers happy is probably an impossible job. It's not easy with 20 Premiership bosses on your case, but they do understand what an international boss goes through.

Sven-Goran Eriksson

It's a case of looking after them - particularly players from the big clubs. For certain friendly matches, for example, you'd tell them their player would be used sparingly.

You have to try and please everybody, but you have to please yourself by winning the game and picking the team to do the job.


I honestly don't think it makes a difference whether the manager is English or not. You've only got to look at what Jack Charlton achieved in Ireland to see that.

I'm sure Eriksson is as passionate as anybody when it comes to England playing.

It's all about having the best man for the job.

I'm sure many will be satisfied if he is English, but it really doesn't matter.

But I don't think any English manager would get an easy ride with the press. If he came in and lost two games, then people might start to regret not going for a foreigner - some might even start to compliment Eriksson.

Stating the new manager has got be English may rule out getting one of the best managers in the world. That would be a massive mistake.

For managers, one week you're a hero and the next week you'll be a zero. The chances are the manager's abilities will lie somewhere in between.

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