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Last Updated: Friday, 7 April 2006, 08:10 GMT 09:10 UK
Who is going to get Sven's job?
KEY DATES
FA chief executive Brian Barwick
05/04 - FA decides on a shortlist ahead of formal interview process
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 down to a "secret" shortlist ahead of formal interviews.

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, Premier League chairman Dave Richards and FA vice-chairman David Dein are the four men who have been appointed to find a new boss.

They will be joined in assessing the options by director of football development Trevor Brooking before reporting their findings to FA chairman Geoff Thompson.

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

7 APRIL:

Steve McClaren seems to have done his chances of succeeding Eriksson plenty of good with Middlesbrough extraordinary Uefa Cup win over Basle.

The England assistant gets top marks for his tactical changes that inspired Boro's second-half onslaught.

McClaren is widely reported to be one of the four names on the FA's shortlist, with interviews set to take place in the coming weeks.

The consensus seems to be that Bolton's Sam Allardyce, Charlton's Alan Curbishley and former Celtic boss Martin O'Neill are the other candidates.

According to the Daily Mail, Barwick spoke to as many as eight potential candidates and the decision was made to rule out a foreign coach.

Manchester City's Stuart Pearce could also be in line for a role under the new boss, according to the report.

WHAT ARE THE MANAGERS SAYING?

Alan Curbishley:
2 April - "My meeting in March was the last time anything was said to me. As far as I am aware the FA is still talking and nothing is finalised."

Sam Allardyce:
1 April - "It's one of the biggest jobs in the world and I'm at the stage now when I think I'm ready."

Gerard Houllier:
29 March - "I have not put my name forward and I have not been interviewed."

Guus Hiddink:
24 March - "I've decided to stop as trainer with PSV at the end of this season, and that's about it."

Peter Taylor:
24 March - "My meeting was about the role, but I'm sure Alan Curbishley's meeting would have been for the role."

Fabio Capello:
24 March - "Within three years I will pack in coaching at club level and then I want to realise the dream I have always had inside me - England."

Luiz Felipe Scolari:
23 March - "I had an informal meeting with the English federation. I do not feel I am in a race to be the next England boss."

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."

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.

    The best man should be picked regardless of his nationality, how many English managers have won the league in the last 20 years? Just one I believe, Capello has to be talked into achieving his dream 3 years earlier than planned.
    Neil, Hampshire

    It's got to be Paul Simpson, look what he's doing with Carlisle!
    Chesney, England

    The best English manager over the past decade was Terry Venables. Is his name still mud at the FA to the extent that they can't move to bring him back?
    Roger Gorman, Australia

    Big Sam for the job, he's built that team up from scratch. Now the team is good enough to beat Chelsea if they concentrate! But however it does not bother me if it's a foreigner.
    Owen Farnes, Bournemouth

    I think that it should be given to Fabio Capello because he has managed in the Champions League so he will have the international know how and the tactical mind to be a success and plus he also wants the job so I have one piece of advice for the FA: Give Capello the job.
    Darren Ewen, England

    Guus Hiddink would be ideal for England. He has four arms.
    Arto Zubisjki, Czech Rep.

    The last great England manager was Alf Ramsey; capped many times for England and successfully took a small club, Ipswich, from mediocrity to top flight league football before being given the job as manager of England. I would go for McLaren for what he has too achieved on meagre resources and has taken Middlesboro to quarter finals of Uefa cup plus he has the backing of the players; failing him I'd go for Curbishley.
    James, Wales

    Well I think that Steve Mc shouldn't get it even though I support Middlesbrough I don't think he should get it because he hasn't done a lot for us this year I think big Sam should get the job as the new England manager
    Emma Wood, England

    I have that bad feeling that its going to be Steve Mclaren. England has at least seven world class players surely we should have a world class manager. do any of the English candidates have these credentials? Scolari or Hiddink definitely do. Look at what Hiddink did with South Korea.
    paul kenchington, england

    As an Englishman living overseas, I have been following this closely through the news and the BBC website. It is my prediction they will go for Steve McClaren with Stuart Pearce as assistant. Personally I would like to see an Englishman get the position but I am not convinced by anyone in the shortlist. At a push I think Curbishley would do well but the press would hound him for being naive at that level. Unfortunately there is no time to grow into the England Manager.
    Ray Morley, New Hampshire

    There is only one real candidate for the job and that is Martin O'Neill. He learnt his trade from the master who was never given the opportunity.
    Richard Runciman, England

    For me it has to be Martin O'Neill, his record at an average Leicester and the way he dominated the SPL with Celtic are the reason why he was linked with the Untied job years ago! He has the passion and the tactical know-how! Although I think he will accept the Newcastle job before he gets offered the England one.
    David Sagar, UK

    Agreed the only people who will be happy if Steve Mclaren is the next England manager are Middlesbrough fans.
    Tom Mason, England

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    Eriksson's final countdown
    28 Feb 06 |  World Cup 2006
    Eriksson rejects Cup shadow role
    18 Feb 06 |  Internationals
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    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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