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Last Updated: Monday, 24 April 2006, 07:20 GMT 08:20 UK
Who will get Sven's job?
The Football Association's search for a successor to Sven-Goran Eriksson goes on - with no agreement yet on who will get the job.

BBC Sport rounds up the latest news and speculation as FA chief executive Brian Barwick, international committee chairman Noel White, Premier League chairman Dave Richards and FA vice-chairman David Dein search for a manager.


Another day, another favourite.

Whereas last weekend some of the national newspapers were certain Steve McClaren would be appointed imminently, now they seem to be swinging round to Luiz Felipe Scolari again.

"FA have their Phil" screams the headline in the Daily Express, who to be fair were backing the Brazilian as long ago as Friday.

Harry Harris reports that "Kingmaker" and FA vice-chairman David Dein has pulled off an "unexpected coup" to secure the Portugal coach.

Martin Lipton, writing in the Daily Mirror, agrees, claiming that "Big Phil" is the new favourite for the job.

Scolari had an extremely impressive second interview and has the strongest CV of all the candidates, claims the Mirror, and the FA's selection panel will meet on Wednesday to confirm their choice.

The Portuguese FA declined to comment on the speculation on Monday but Scolari himself spoke to the BBC.

"I am coach of Portugal and I am only thinking and speaking about Portugal until the last day of the World Cup," Scolari told BBC Radio Five Live.

"But I have a contract with Portugal and I don't want to talk anything more about any contract until the last day of my job with Portugal."

His current contract ends after the World Cup and the Portuguese FA is adamant that no decision has been made as to whether he will be offered another one.

Several papers report that it is now a straight choice between Scolari and Middlesbrough manager Steve McClaren.

The Times reports that one problem is Scolari's position as current coach of Portugal.

The Brazilian is said to have concerns about being named as Sven-Goran Eriksson's successor before the World Cup.

Bolton boss Sam Allardyce is still in the running but "hope has faded completely" for Alan Curbishley and Martin O'Neill.

The Independent believes that Scolari and McClaren find themselves in a "two-horse race" and that an announcement could be made by the FA as early as Wednesday.

The Daily Star's Brian Woolnough disagrees, reporting that Steve McClaren is still the favourite for the job.

Henry Winter in the Daily Telegraph suggests that a difficult weekend has not helped McClaren's cause.

Middlesbrough lost their FA Cup semi-final to West Ham on Sunday, while Boro captain Gareth Southgate suggested McClaren was not experienced enough to become England manager.


Alan Curbishley

Alan Curbishley:
17 April - "The whole thing is bizarre. Every day you are news and it's difficult when you are trying to run your club. Whenever I go into a press conference before a game it gets hijacked by people wanting to talk about England.

Sam Allardyce
Sam Allardyce:
12 April - "I'd like to reassure everyone connected with Bolton that I'm looking for players so that we can continue to compete with the elite of English and European football."

Steve McClaren
Steve McClaren:
21 April - "Obviously it's flattering, but it's due to the success of the football club, it's due to the success of what the players are doing on the park. Do I need to defend my record? No, it's there in black and white. You just have to look at the facts, and that's all I am. I manage a football team and I'm judged on results, end of story."

Martin O'Neill:
Former Celtic boss O'Neill is the only one of the five candidates believed to be on the FA's shortlist not to have made any comment so far.

Luis Felipe Scolari
Luiz Felipe Scolari
24 April - "I am coach of Portugal and I am only thinking and speaking about Portugal until the last day of the World Cup."


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

    I think Scolari has a lot of experience coaching both national teams and clubs. I think he will be the best for England to win the title. And I don't think there are other candidates that have lots of experience to replace him. He will lead England to win the World Cup next time.
    Sim Pichetra, Cambodia

    The English FA should have made a grab for Guus Hiddick when he was available, instead of demanding he go through an interview process.
    James Bevelander, Australia

    As a Scots-born Aussie with Irish roots I'm obviously going to say Martin O'Neill is your man. As Southgate says, Wenger would be the ideal choice but no one seems to be considering him. Of the Poms, big Sam would be great. But since I am Scots/Aussie...please pick one of the mediocre Steves. Cheers.
    Pat McGinlay, Australia

    I think an English manager should succeed Sven, because the FA has got to support their managers just like other European countries do. For example Frank Rijkaard and Marco van Basten with Holland and Germany with Jurgen Klinsmann and Rudi Voeller.
    Yonas, USA

    If the FA are going for an Englishman I would give the job to Sam Allardyce, a manager who has all the passion, tactical knowledge and player respect that an the manager of the English national team should have. If the FA don't mind about nationality, Guus Hiddink is surely the best candidate. He is a master on the world stage.
    Daniel Schoepf, Australia

    Scolari has managed in two countries with Portuguese language and culture. English players need someone who understands how to motivate them, how to protect them from their own fans and, above all, the press.
    Vittorio, Italy

    The only manager that should be next England boss is Luiz Felipe Scolari, He has managed the top clubs and with his experience he can take us all the way. Even though he is not English it does not matter, we need someone with expierence, determination and motivation.
    Riyaz Khalifa, England

    I am an Englishman who wants the next England manager to be the best man for the job (and not the best Englishman that happens to have won a couple of games recently). If the FA dither about this much longer O'Neill and Scolari (my choices from the 'list', in that order) will have found other jobs. If the FA must have an Englishman they should consider Paul Jewell or Alan Pardew - what have the other three achieved that they have not (other than frequently dull football)?
    John Brooks, England

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    Who should be the next England manager?
    Sam Allardyce
    Alan Curbishley
    Steve McClaren
    Martin O'Neill
    Luiz Felipe Scolari
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    Vote now closed

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