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Last Updated: Monday, 26 November 2007, 14:18 GMT
FA undeterred by England refusals
FA chief executive Brian Barwick will not be rushed in coach hunt
FA chief executive Brian Barwick will not be rushed in coach hunt
Football Association chief executive Brian Barwick says he is not worried by managers apparently ruling themselves out of becoming England coach.

Barwick and FA development director Sir Trevor Brooking will lead the search for Steve McClaren's successor.

Favourite Martin O'Neill, West Ham's Alan Curbishley and Newcastle's Sam Allardyce have said they are committed to their clubs and not interested.

"I'm not deterred - I'm determined to get the right person," said Barwick.

"The English footballing public is demanding that and it's my job to make sure we get that right."

McClaren was sacked following England's failure to qualify for Euro 2008.

England lost 3-2 to Croatia in their final game of the campaign when they needed a draw to book their place at next summer's finals as they looked to buckle under the pressure of the game.

Barwick said no-one had yet been approached about the job.

But he added: "I think a huge part of what comes next is managing the intensity of the occasions, we have to make sure the players go on to the pitch feeling really good about themselves.

"Something I can bring to the party is how we can better manage that."

Barwick and Brooking will meet this week to discuss who to appoint and are expected to consult the Premier League's top managers and ex-England boss Sir Bobby Robson.

"It's a notable departure from the committee-led approach which attracted such ridicule last time out when FA officials appeared completely out of touch with football opinion by pursuing such an unpopular candidate," BBC Radio 5 Live football correspondent Jonathan Legard.
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"If anything it is a throwback to 1994 when Jimmy Armfield became the FA's kingmaker, recommending Terry Venables after widespread consultation within the game.

"This time it's the FA's top administrator that is taking the lead and Barwick's partnership with Brooking augurs well.

"Previously, the two have clashed over Brooking's plans to restructure coaching but it looks like England's failure last week has engineered some welcome unity and purpose."

Barwick insisted there was no immediate rush to land an England coach.

He said: "There is no time frame. We will not get trapped into a time frame. We will see how long it takes."

Former England boss Glenn Hoddle has voiced his support for Italian Fabio Capello, who says he would be interested in taking up the post, while saying Harry Redknapp is his choice if the FA wants an Englishman.

"If the FA want a foreign coach then it needs to be someone who has done well at the highest level," he told Radio 5 Live's Sportsweek.

"The man who fits that description is Capello. He's my number one choice for the job.

"I feel the successful candidate must have vast experience at all levels if the FA are to opt for a foreign manager.

"I would allow Capello to bring one of his assistants in that he could work off.

"But I would have an English guy operating alongside him who would be groomed to eventually take over.

"It doesn't have to be a young man but guys like Stuart Pearce, Alan Shearer, Steve Coppell are possibilities."

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