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Scolari back in running for England coach

Brazil's 2002 World Cup winning manager Felipe Scolari is back in the running to take over as England coach after this summer's finals in Germany.

india Updated: May 08, 2006 18:51 IST

Brazil's 2002 World Cup winning manager Felipe Scolari is back in the running to take over as England coach after this summer's finals in Germany.

Currently in charge of Portugal, Scolari had been thought to be all but out of the picture with the English FA expected to opt for an English-born manager to take over from Swede Sven Goran Eriksson.

But press reports Monday indicated that the highly-experienced Scolari's stock had risen after he put in a highly-impressive second interview with the England officials charged with choosing the new coach.

According to The Times, it has come down to a choice between long-time favourite and Middlesbrough manager Steve McLaren and the Brazilian.

Scolari, who won the World Cup with Brazil before leading Portugal to the final of Euro 2004, has the support of FA vice-chairman David Dein, the man responsible for bringing Arsene Wenger to English football.

The Times also claims Alan Curbishley and Martin O'Neill are no longer realistic contenders, while The Independent states that with the FA board divided over the appointment, and support for McClaren fading, "Big Phil' is again being considered as an option."

Scolari's contract will run out after the World Cup and he has always maintained he will not take another job before the tournament in Germany although the English FA are expected to make a decision this week.

First Published: Apr 24, 2006 14:41 IST