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Last Updated: Thursday, 9 February 2006, 10:43 GMT
FA denies England shortlist claim
Martin O'Neill
O'Neill left Celtic at the end of last season
The Football Association has denied already drawing up a shortlist of candidates to replace Sven-Goran Eriksson as England manager.

Martin O'Neill has been reported as the FA's favourite for the position with Stuart Pearce, Alan Curbishley and Guus Hiddink also being considered.

However, FA communications director Adrian Bevington said: "No shortlist has been drawn up yet.

"Any speculation suggesting there is, is inaccurate."

The FA held preliminary discussions this week with a view to appointing Eriksson's successor before the World Cup in June.

The FA has a three-man panel charged with finding the new manager.

They are FA chief executive Brian Barwick, international committee chairman Noel White and Premier League chairman Dave Richards.

The three men met this week and will report to FA chairman Geoff Thompson at the next board meeting on 27 February.

O'Neill has been out of management since he left Celtic at the end of last season to look after his ill wife Geraldine.

Hiddink is in charge of Dutch club PSV Eindhoven and the Australia national team, while Portugal's Brazilian coach Luis Felipe Scolari has also been mentioned.

Manchester City boss Pearce and Charlton manager Curbishley appear to be the two front-running English candidates, with doubts reportedly being expressed about Sam Allardyce.

Eriksson will step down as England boss after this summer's World Cup finals.


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