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Mourinho would be 'honoured' by England job

sports Updated: Dec 04, 2007 17:46 IST

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Jose Mourinho would be "honoured" to become England coach according to an advisor of the former Chelsea manager.

The Portuguese has emerged as one of the leading candidates for the post after England's Football Association sacked Steve McClaren last month after the national side's 3-2 defeat against Croatia at Wembley meant the team failed to qualify for the Euro 2008 Championships in Austria and Switzerland.

FA chief executive Brian Barwick has been canvassing opinion from leading football figures both at home and abroad, including Manchester United's Scottish manager Sir Alex Ferguson and Germany great Franz Beckenbauer, as he seeks a new England coach.

However officials at the governing body have been keen to stress that no one has yet been approached formally to take the job.

"To be manager of England is not the same as being manager of another country," Eladio Parames, Mourinho's advisor, told Sky Sports News. "To be manager of England is a big job, a very interesting job and every coach would be honoured to be invited.

"I can't say whether he is interested or not but he loves English football and he loves the crowds, so I am sure he would consider it."

Mourinho quit Chelsea in September following a series of rows with the London club's Russian owner Roman Abramovich.

There are some who believe Mourinho is making overtures to England simply to boost his hopes of landing a coaching position with one of Europe's leading club sides.

But Parames said there was a simple way to find out if Mourinho was serious about taking the England job.

"If the FA are interested why don't they contact Jose or his agent? If Mr Barwick comes they will listen, just like they would listen if another club came in."

During his three years at Stamford Bridge the 'Special One', as Mourinho described himself having guided FC Porto to Champions League glory in 2004, steered Chelsea to two Premier League titles in his first two years in charge, last season's FA Cup and the League Cup in 2005 and 2007.

And while Mourinho was with the London club he worked on a daily basis with England internationals John Terry, Frank Lampard and Joe Cole.

Among the other contenders are experienced Italian manager Fabio Capello while British interest has centred around Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill even though the former Northern Ireland international has twice stated he is not interested.