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Big Phil For England – Report
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Big Phil For England – Report

Posted on April 27, 2006

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The BBC is reportung that Luiz Felipe Scolari has been offered the job of England manager and is discussing terms with the Football Assocation.

According the BBC report, FA chief executive Brian Barwick is in Lisbon to work out a deal with Portugal’s Brazilian manager, who masterminded England’s defeat in both the 2002 World Cup – which he won with Brazil – and 2004 European Championships (in which Portugal were the beaten finalists).

Scolari, 57, is out of contract with the Portuguese FA after this summer’s World Cup.

If he accepts the post, he will succeeed Sven-Goran Eriksson when he Swede steps down after the tournament in Germany.

Scolari is thought to have a gentleman’s agreement with the Portuguese FA not to commit himself to another job until his current deal runs out in July, and the BBC understands that part of the FA’s talks in Lisbon are aimed at waiving this arrangement.

The FA board will meet again next Thursday and hope to be in a position to finalise their selection by then.

Scolari has emerged as a dark horse backed by Arsenal vice-chairman David Dein, one of the members of the FA’s selection panel. The other contenders are thought to be former Celtic boss Martin O’Neill plus Premiership team managers Steve MacClaren, Sam Allardyce and Alan Curbishley.

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