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Eriksson urges FA to hurry up and appoint his successor

The next England coach should be appointed by the Football Association as soon as possible the present incumbent Sven-Goran Eriksson told the BBC on Sunday.

india Updated: Feb 26, 2006 19:17 IST

The next England coach should be appointed by the Football Association as soon as possible the present incumbent Sven-Goran Eriksson told the BBC on Sunday.

The Swede said that with the Euro 2008 qualifiers starting in September it was imperative that his successor should be named before the World Cup finals in June.

However he was also adamant that the man in question should not be with the England camp for the sport's global showpiece in Germany.

"I think the FA must have a new manager before the World Cup starts because if they wait until after it's too late," Eriksson said.

"England have to play a friendly game in August and then qualifying for Euro 2008 starts in September."

Eriksson said it would be an unnecessary distraction if his successor was to be with them in Germany.

"I think England should go to Germany with one manager not two.

"He's welcome to sit in the stands."

Eriksson— who has guided England to the 2002 World Cup quarter-finals where they lost to Brazil and to the Euro 2004 quarter-finals as well where they lost to Portugal— is due to step down after the World Cup finals regardless of whether England win it for the first time since 1966.

The main candidates to replace him are his assistant and Middlesbrough boss Steve McClaren, former Celtic handler Martin O'Neill and former England left back and now Manchester City manager Stuart Pearce.

First Published: Feb 26, 2006 19:17 IST