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Last Updated: Saturday, 8 April 2006, 08:59 GMT 09:59 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.

8 APRIL:

Luiz Felipe Scolari appears to have re-emerged as a candidate for the job.

The Brazilian - who led his native country to World Cup glory in 2002 - is currently coaching Portugal.

His name was mentioned soon after Eriksson revealed he was stepping down this summer, but he appeared to have fallen out of favour.

And reports on Friday suggested the FA had ruled out appointing an overseas coach.

But Saturday's Sun newspaper says Scolari has made the FA shortlist of candidates for the job.

He is quoted as saying: "Working in England would be great. I am 57 and still have ambitions.

"Dealing with all the Brazilian stars is tough work. It would be easier to manager the likes of Beckham, Owen, Rooney and Terry."

Reports on Friday suggested the FA's shortlist consisted of Martin O'Neill, Middlesbrough's Steve McClaren, Bolton's Sam Allardyce and Charlton's Alan Curbishley.

WHAT ARE THE MANAGERS SAYING?

Luiz Felipe Scolari
8 April - "Dealing with all the Brazilian stars is tough work. It would be easier to manage the likes of Beckham, Owen, Rooney and Terry."

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.

    Being British doesn't make anyone more passionate or knowledgeable about English football. Watching the premiership on the streets of almost any Asian country will tell you that. Demanding an 'English' manager is about as relevant as an English monarchy or the word 'foreigner.' It just reeks of exclusiveness!
    Rob, Bristol, England

    An Englishman should be in charge because its obvious that a foreigner won't be as passionate, it would just be another job to them. Big Sam would be a big hit with the fans as hes not afraid to say what he thinks, but the FA will go with the easy option of Steve McClaren.
    Alexander Vale, UK

    Curbishley for me. He deserves a crack at it if nothing else.
    Matt George, UK

    I would go for Curbishley with Pearce as assistant. The ideal choice would be Hiddink but I think Russia have already nailed him. He has done brilliant with South Korea and Australia.
    Jeff Thomas, Australia

    Martin O'Neill is yer only man. It would be ironic if an Irishman managed England to future success after an Englishman (Saint Jack Charlton) gave Ireland so much success in the past. Soccer karma? PS: Ur out in the first round of the 2006 World Cup. Results will be a win over Trinidad, draw with Paraguay, defeat to Sweden...
    Paul Boyle, Ireland

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