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Last Updated: Monday, 3 December 2007, 14:00 GMT
Mourinho 'would consider' England
Jose Mourinho
Mourinho is the fans' number one choice to be England manager
Former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho would consider becoming England manager if the Football Association approached him, says his personal advisor.

Eladio Parames says Mourinho has had no contact with the FA and would not go looking for it, but would take an offer of a job seriously if it came along.

"It would be an honour," said Parames. "He likes English football, the people, the country and the players.

"It's something he'd consider but he's not trying to get the FA's attention."

Jose's problem would never be money

Jose Mourinho's advisor

Parames told the Associated Press: "He's not waving his hands in the air, but if he's approached, he'll reply."

Mourinho, who left his job at Chelsea in September, has been heavily linked with the England post since Steve McClaren was sacked on 22 November.

On Sunday, the FA was reported to be considering offering Mourinho 6m a year to take the job, though Parames says the financial aspect is not important to the Portuguese coach.

"If he were approached he'd consider it, discuss it, negotiate, present his own ideas," said Parames.

"Jose's problem would never be money. If he's approached, invited, there will be positive and negative things for him to consider and he'll weigh up the pros and cons."

BBC Sport's Jonathan Legard told Radio 5 Live the consultation process to find the new England manager was "well under way", with FA development director Sir Trevor Brooking helping FA chief executive Brian Barwick.

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"As much as the Mourinho fanclub bats its eyelids at the FA, Barwick will stick to his guns, tune in to respected football opinion and take his time," said Legard.

"I'm told ideally the FA would welcome an appointment before their planned friendly in February, but the priority remains the best man, a 'world-class manager', not the timing."

Barwick has already canvassed the thoughts of England captain John Terry, Wales boss John Toshack, Uefa chief Michel Platini and German legend Franz Beckenbauer.

He will also consult Steven Gerrard, Arsene Wenger, Sir Bobby Charlton, Sir Bobby Robson and Sir Alex Ferguson.

Mourinho won two Premier League titles, one FA Cup and two Carling Cups during his three-year spell at Stamford Bridge.

In his previous job, he won the Champions League as manager of Portuguese side FC Porto.

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