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Last Updated: Thursday, 27 April 2006, 17:02 GMT 18:02 UK
Scolari move provokes mixed views
Luiz Felipe Scolari
Scolari is in talks with the English FA
There has been a strong reaction to the news that Luiz Felipe Scolari has been offered the England manager's job.

Football Association chief executive Brian Barwick has been in Portugal discussing terms with the Brazilian.

Gary Lineker said it would be a "strange" appointment because of the "obvious footballing differences between Brazil and England".

But former England assistant coach Don Howe said: "Scolari was impressive with Brazil in the last World Cup."

Brazilian Scolari is currently coach of Portugal's national team and will remain in charge of the Euro 2004 finalists for the World Cup finals in Germany this summer.

He was a World Cup winner in Korea and Japan in 2002 when he coached the Brazil team to victory.

Gary Lineker added: "Scolari has got a very good record - but that was with Brazil and Ronaldinho, so well done there - and I am surprised because he has got no connection with English football whatsoever.

"It would take him probably three or four years to come to terms with the style of our play, the frenetic nature of the English game, who the individuals are.

It is a sad day that the founding nation of football needs to look around the globe for a foreigner to manage our national side
David Burke, England

"He comes from even further away than Sven does in terms of knowing our players. It would be a big ask for him.

"If the FA's criteria was 'Let's get the best man from wherever he comes from', well you just knock Arsene Wenger's door down until he answers it."

Don Howe said: "Scolari handled Brazil well and was tactically clever.

"I thought we would be getting a British or Irish England coach - Martin O'Neill, Sam Allardyce, Alan Curbishley, Steve McClaren, I think all of those could have done the job.

"I don't know if Scolari is better but all you can do is go on reputation.

"He won the World Cup with Brazil and if he is good at handling experienced international players, with the big names they have got in Brazil, then so be it.

"At the last World Cup he was very good at seeing things going on out there on the pitch.

"He would be on his feet and he would pull and push these great players around. So that was very impressive."

Andre Kfouri, a reporter with the ESPN Brazil sports network, believes that appointing Scolari would ensure England had a proven coach of great ability.

"He is a motivator," Kfouri told BBC Radio Five Live.

"He knows everything about the game. He knows how to deal with different players and the main factor is his teams love him. His players do whatever it takes to win when they are playing for him."

Former FA director of football Howard Wilkinson
I don't think it's in the best interests of English coaches
Howard Wilkinson

And Kfouri confirmed that Scolari is learning English, adding: "He's studying right now, I can inform you."

But Birmingham chairman David Gold was furious at the news and claimed it was not what the majority of English people wanted.

"No matter how brilliant a coach someone from abroad may be, it is a betrayal of Englishmen and England fans," said Gold.

"We want an English manager that we can relate to. We all support the England team and part of that is an English manager. I expect the players and the manager to be English."

Gold's manager at Birmingham, Steve Bruce, ageed, stating: "I said from the outset that in my opinion it should go to an Englishman.

"I am not going to change that opinion but if he does get the job then I am sure that all of us working at this level will get behind him."

Zico, a fellow Brazilian and manager of the Japan national team, believes that the language barrier could be a significant issue.

"The main difficulty might be the language," said Zico. "So you need somebody to help you with that, somebody who knows your philosophy and knows what you're thinking.

"But the most important thing is to have deep knowledge about soccer in the country."

Leonardo, who won the World Cup with Brazil in 1994, believes Scolari would bring something different to the position.

"Football is changing so much, you need so many things to be competitive in a World Cup," Leonardo told BBC Sport.

Whoever gets it will have my full support
Man City boss Stuart Pearce

"The style of football in england is very famous all over the world, but if you have someone who can mix and create new things, maybe he's a good choice."

But Howard Wilkinson, currently chairman of the League Managers' Association, believes that the appointment would be bad news for the development of home-grown coaches.

"I don't think it's in the best interests of English coaches and that is what the FA is primarily there to do - to foster the best interests of English players and English coaches," said Wilkinson.

"English coaches have followed the FA line, they have worked hard to get themselves qualified but now, if this appointment is made, what the FA is saying is 'We say one thing but we do another'."

Manchester City boss Stuart Pearce said he could understand people's frustration that the FA has decided to try to appoint another foreign manager.

"I am surprised it's not an Englishman because the groundswell of public opinion seemed to be pushing towards someone of that nature," said Pearce.

"Whoever gets it will have my full support."

Blackburn boss Mark Hughes said: "For my money it's another blow to British coaching.

But he admitted that Scolari's record at international level is "outstanding".

Former England midfielder Peter Reid was disappointed that an English coach had been overlooked.

"I have done my pro license like Sam Allardyce, Alan Curbishley and Steve McClaren," said Reid.

"We paid 7,000 to do them and then when it comes to the top job none of the English lads get it, which I find really disappointing."

Portmouth manager Harry Redknapp said: "I would like to have seen one of the England lads get it.

"There are some great young managers in this country who could do the job no problem."

BBC Sport pundit Mark Lawrenson said: "If they appoint a young English manager people would say 'this is great'.

"But it's all about results and I think it should be the best man for the job. Scolari brings massive experience and he doesn't take any prisoners."

England and Preston legend Sir Tom Finney wanted to see a home-grown appointment.

"I would personally like to see Martin O'Neill appointed," said Finney.

"I'm quite surprised there could be another foreign manager after Eriksson.

"It's sad to see they've gone abroad for a manager when England taught the rest of the world how to play the game."

Interview: Former England assistant coach Don Howe

Interview: Former FA technical director Howard Wilkinson

Interview: Brazilian sports reporter Andre Kfouri

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