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Last Updated: Monday, 24 April 2006, 18:09 GMT 19:09 UK
Scolari denies England interview
Luiz Felipe Scolari
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Portugal coach Luiz Felipe Scolari says he has not been interviewed by the Football Association about becoming England's next manager.

Several newspaper reports in England suggested the Brazilian was set to get the job after having an impressive second interview.

"No, I don't (sic) have an interview," Scolari told BBC Radio Five Live.

"I am coach of Portugal and I am only thinking and speaking about Portugal until the last day of the World Cup."

Scolari added: "I said to the BBC two or three months ago... that I am happy that they (the FA) are thinking about me.

"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."

Scolari's cause is believed to have been championed by Arsenal vice-chairman David Dein, who is part of the panel selecting England's next manager.

I don't think about England - if I think about England, I forget Portugal.
Luiz Felipe Scolari

But the Portugal boss denied that he had spoken to Dein about England.

"No, no, no - he is my friend only. I wish all the best for him and Arsenal, but only this," Scolari said.

"I agree with my president and all the newspapers in Portugal that we speak about World Cup for Portugal only, not more.

"I have a contract with Portugal until 31 July and until this day I am coach of Portugal.

"I don't think about England. If I think about England, I forget Portugal. That is not my job now, just Portugal."

Scolari's agent Acaz Felleger added: "(Scolari) just needs... a good World Cup and after this he might talk about his future.

"If the FA are really interested to sign him, they should have been focused on their work for the World Cup, like Felipe Scolari is at the moment."

Manchester City boss Stuart Pearce said he would be very surprised if Scolari got the England job.

"Is Scolari the new kid on the block at the moment?" Pearce said.

"He certainly has an impressive record and has managed in lots of different countries. But people I speak to in the street all want an English manager.

"The groundswell of opinion from the general public is that a British-based manager will get the job."

Pearce, who is believed to be out of the running to replace Eriksson, believes too much notice is being taken of recent results.

"If I was looking to appoint someone to do the national job their immediate run of results wouldn't overly matter," he said.

"You cannot say whether someone is a good or bad manager over a period of three or four months.

"But that seems to be the nature of the business we are in at the minute.

"Steve McClaren started as 20-1 outsider but because of the run of results he is now the favourite."

It has been suggested that Pearce could play some sort of coaching role in a new England set-up, but he says he is only focusing on Manchester City.

"If a coaching post was ever offered to me I would have to speak about it," he said.

"But as I stand at the moment, managing a Premiership team is a full-time job."


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