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Last Updated: Thursday, 19 January 2006, 21:45 GMT
England speculation riles Pearce
Stuart Pearce
Pearce succeeded Kevin Keegan as Man City boss in March
Manchester City manager Stuart Pearce has been angered by suggestions he should succeed England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson when the Swede steps down.

Wigan owner Dave Whelan said Pearce should do the job in tandem with his club's Paul Jewell. Gary Lineker has also backed the City coach in the past.

Pearce said: "It is pathetic and I find it quite embarrassing.

"I can't understand why people make statements touting me - an absolute amateur - for the England job."

Pearce added: "This must be the only industry in the world where you can have a total novice, who has not even been in management for one year, being touted for the top job in English football," he said.

"Would we say the next Prime Minister is going to be someone who has not even been elected as an MP yet? No.

"When I was a youngster I wanted to rewire a house but I didn't just walk into someone's house and say 'I have no qualifications, can I wire your house today?' The situation is ludicrous."


SEE ALSO
Wigan chief wants Eriksson sacked
18 Jan 06 |  Internationals
Lineker backs O'Neill for England
13 Nov 05 |  Internationals


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