Posted on October 18, 2007
Former Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho is believed to be the clear favourite to manage England if FA chiefs decide to sack Steve McClaren.
The ‘Special One’ cannot manage another Premier League club in the near future without compromising his compensation package from Chelsea, but he is known to be happy living in England.
The FA are expected to dispense with McClaren if and when failure to qualify for Euro 2008 is confirmed and will return to a non-English boss after the disaster of the former Boro manager’s reign.
Most bookies now make Mourinho the favourite, while Martin O’Neill, Luis Scolari, Arsene Wenger and Guus Hiddink have all been heavily backed.
Hiddink has only recently signed a new two-year extension to his contract with Russia, and he is unlikely to risk upsetting Roman Abramovich by walking out on that job, while Scolari was put off by the English press when he was considered for the role after Sven-Goran Eriksson left the job.
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