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Wednesday, 22 January, 2003, 13:15 GMT
Kidd gets England role
Brian Kidd in the Leeds dug out
Kidd works alongside Terry Venables at Leeds
Brian Kidd has been confirmed as England's new assistant coach.

Kidd will take on the role in a part-time capacity. He replaces Steve McClaren, who stood down at the start of November.

McClaren ended his England coaching role to concentrate on his full-time job at Middlesbrough.

England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson canvassed the opinion of his senior players at a recent get-together - and Kidd was given a firm thumbs up.

"Brian is a very good coach, first and foremost," Eriksson told the FA's website.

"He already has international experience and that made him an ideal candidate.

"Secondly, he knows more than half of the players in the squad and is very popular among the players.

"Naturally, we had some other names to consider but, talking to a lot of people, including some of the players, and listening to what they had to say, he became the obvious choice and I am very happy about that."

I am very fortunate and privileged to be offered this chance

Brian Kidd

Kidd said he is relishing the prospect of joining up with the squad next month.

He said; "It has all happened in the last couple of days. Terry Venables has been extremely supportive so, as soon as I got the green light from him, it all went from there.

"Mr Eriksson is without a doubt one of the motivating factors.

"Working with him, Tord Grip, Sammy Lee, Dave Sexton, Ray Clemence and the rest of the coaching staff will be a wonderful experience for me.

"You learn in football every day and this is a great opportunity in terms of my personal development, as well as a chance for me to contribute to my country."

Kidd forged his reputation during his time at Manchester United.

While at Old Trafford, Kidd played a key role in the development of players such as David Beckham, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs.

He left United to take charge at Blackburn Rovers in December 1998, but suffered a miserable spell and left to join Leeds after only 11 months at the helm.

Kidd was given the role of head of youth development, a similar position to the one that had kick-started his Manchester United career.

But he quickly rose to the position of number two to David O'Leary, a role he cemented following Terry Venables' arrival.

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