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Last Updated: Wednesday, 22 March 2006, 17:58 GMT
Who is going to get Sven's job?
KEY DATES
FA chief executive Brian Barwick
10/03 - FA meets with Curbishley for informal discussions
27/02 - Three-man team report to FA chairman Geoff Thompson
02/02 - The FA appoints three-man team to find new boss
26/01 - Barwick signals intention to appoint successor before World Cup
23/01 - Eriksson reveals he will stand down after World Cup
The Football Association's search for a successor to Sven-Goran Eriksson is under way.

The Swede will step down after the World Cup finals in Germany this summer.

FA chief executive Brian Barwick (pictured right), international committee chairman Noel White and Premier League chairman Dave Richards are the three men who have been appointed to find a new boss.

BBC Sport rounds up the latest news and speculation surrounding the vacant England job.

22 MARCH:

The search for a successor seems to have swung towards a British manager, with foreign options falling by the wayside.

Guus Hiddink is playing his cards close to his chest but it looks ever more likely that he will sign a big-money contract to take the helm of the Russian national team.

The Dutchman, presently PSV Eindhoven and Australia coach, insists he knows where he will be working next season despite not having even met Barwick yet.

"I'd be lying if I said I do not know where my future lies. And I hate liars," Hiddink said.

"I've decided what I am going to do and I will announce my intentions at the end of the month."

And Luiz Felipe Scolari says he has not even held talks with the FA, as had been widely reported.

"If I had to deny everything that's been written about my future I wouldn't do anything else in the next few months," he said.

"I was in London on Friday for a conference with Sir Bobby Robson. I arrived at 11 in the morning, I went to the meeting site, we had a meeting with business people and it was all over at five in the afternoon.

"I got another taxi to the airport to go back to Lisbon. It's foolishness, and only makes sense if that (FA) director were the taxi driver."

Meanwhile, Sir Bobby Robson gave his backing to Martin O'Neill.

"I would prefer the next man to be English. It gives you the passion for the home nation and you can't buy that," said the 71-year-old former England coach.

"But Martin is a good, intelligent man, a good manager in the equation."

Candidate Alan Curbishley believes the FA's search for a replacement will intensify in the next few weeks.

"I'm sure it will be stepped up in the next couple of weeks but I don't think anyone knows how," said the Charlton boss.

"They are trying to take their time and be as thorough as they can."

WHAT ARE THE MANAGERS SAYING?

Alan Curbishley:
22 March - "I'm sure it will be stepped up in the next couple of weeks but I don't think anyone knows how."

Guus Hiddink:
22 March - "I've decided what I'm going to do and I will announce my intentions at the end of the month"

Luiz Felipe Scolari:
21 March - "If I had to deny everything that's been written about my future I wouldn't do anything else in the next few months"

Alan Curbishley:
19 March - "If anyone thinks managing Charlton is the same as managing the national team then I am sure they are going to be wrong about that, because it is totally different."

Fabio Capello:
16 March - "I am very happy at Juventus. It is my idea to continue coaching for three years."

Steve McClaren:
15 March - Studiously avoided answering questions about the latest speculation surrounding the England job before his Middlesbrough team beat Roma to reach the Uefa Cup quarter-finals.

Stuart Pearce:
13 March - "England is not a distraction for me, I don't take a great deal of interest in it"

Sam Allardyce:
3 March - "Everyone knows I would love to have the opportunity to be interviewed for the England job"

WHAT ARE YOU SAYING?

  • Send us your comments about the England manager's job using the form below and we will post a selection here.

    Well it's a simple task for the FA. They don't need to look further for a coach to come from outside England. What is needed is a 'fully baked' coach who is currently coaching a club in the top four of the Premiership.They should buy out Arsene Wenger from Arsenal. He is good at developmental coaching.Time is money!
    Bonaventure Yombwe, Botswana

    Stuart Pearce is my first choice as he has first-hand experience of playing for England and knows what it means for them to win cups. Fabio Capello would be a great England manager as he's got a lot of experience under his belt of managing big clubs with big players.
    Mish, England

    One thing's for sure, the manager should be English. If we look at other international teams such as Holland and Germany, they have put faith in a young inexperienced manager and maybe the FA should follow suit. What's wrong with following the Irish and pairing an old pro and a young pretender together? The FA should take a risk for once and not look to find the manager who commands 4m per year.
    Tom, England

    Please give it to Steve Bruce and save my football team from further embarrassment!
    Caroline Bluenose, England

    I would appoint Alan Curbishley as the England manager with Stuart Pearce as his assistant on a part-time basis. Curbishley has been an exceptional mangager for Charlton, and has the youth and mental approach needed to make the appointment a success.
    Gary Edwards, Essex, England

    It has to go to the manager who has proved he can get consistency from a decent team at world class level. Inconsistency has cost England every championship since '66. Based purely on that, for me, it's Scolari.
    Paul Vass, England

    Sir Alex Ferguson. International manager with plenty of silverware. An ideal candidate - especially if he manages to clinch the Premiership this year.
    James, England

    It would be one of the worst decisions ever made if the FA stuck with an Englishman for a manager. Who was the last English manager to win the League or a major European trophy? Keegan came close with Newcastle - but couldn't handle the pressure. Ditto the England job. Why rule out most of the top managers? Why shoot ourselves in the foot?
    Tim, England

    I can't see Alan Curbishly managing England. He is struggling to get the best out of the Charlton players. The team played well at the beginning of the season, then failed to be further motivated. I have been a Charlton fan since 1944.
    William Stack, England

    Whilst Sam Allardyce and Alan Curbishley have done consistently well with one club, Steve Coppell had success over a period of 22 years with Palace, Brentford and Reading. He has done it a various levels and motivated teams and is surely the most consistent English manager of the last three decades.
    George Mitchell, UK

    Please, please, please - Yes Big Sam! He has been astounding in making optimum use of the limited resources at his disposal. How he dealt with the normally rampant Arsenal shows an excellent tactical nous. Would the nation be bothered if England won the World Cup 'ugly'? - a no brainer. Would Big Same be messed about by the player power of Beckham or Neville? I'd actually pay to see them try.
    Raymond, UK

    Sven has done a great job, shame on the press for hounding him out. Pearce is a no, as he has little/no experience. Big Sam is the best of the choices on offer.
    Dylan Shannon, England

    Stuart Pearce is the only solution. He's an exceptional young, raw talent who wears his heart on his sleeve. Everyone has seen Stuart as a player and I think that can rub off on all the English players.
    Michael Donaldson, Scotland

    Please, please, please - not Big Sam. Bolton are the least attractive team to watch in the UK and I personally would stop watching England if Sam Allardyce were to be given the job.
    Derek, England

    The ideal person for the job has to be Martin O'Neill. He's very professional, knows the job and is strong enough to handle the pressure. Of course, being a Reading fan I'm suprised Steve Coppell has not been mentioned more... but thats fine by us!
    Ben Johnson, USA

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  • SEE ALSO
    Charlton back Curbishley over job
    15 Mar 06 |  Internationals
    Pearce plays down England rumours
    13 Mar 06 |  Internationals
    FA not close to naming new boss
    12 Mar 06 |  Internationals
    Curbishley cool on England link
    12 Mar 06 |  Premiership
    Allardyce rejects Beckham claims
    03 Mar 06 |  Internationals
    Eriksson's final countdown
    28 Feb 06 |  World Cup 2006
    Eriksson rejects Cup shadow role
    18 Feb 06 |  Internationals
    Pearce in U-turn over England job
    12 Feb 06 |  Internationals
    England 'set for British manager'
    10 Feb 06 |  Internationals
    FA trio to find next England boss
    02 Feb 06 |  Internationals
    Eriksson to quit after World Cup
    23 Jan 06 |  Football


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