Scolari interested in managing England
Scolari, who ousted England from the 2002 World Cup and the 2004 European Championship, told BBC Radio Five he would be interested in succeeding Sven-Goran Eriksson.Updated: Feb 05, 2006 18:09 IST
Luiz Felipe Scolari, who led Brazil to their record fifth World Cup triumph in 2002, said on Sunday that he was interested in becoming England manager when his contract with Portugal runs out in July.
Scolari, who ousted England from the 2002 World Cup and the 2004 European Championship, told BBC Radio Five he would be interested in succeeding Sven-Goran Eriksson when the Swede quits after the World Cup.
"Yes, I would like the job," he said. "After I finish my contract in Portugal I will consider all offers. England have a fantastic national team. But it is not for me at this moment. I am very happy in my job with Portugal. But when I finish my contract in July I will be free."
Scolari, a Brazilian, believes he would be able to master the English language and overcome the fact that he has no experience of coaching in England.
"I am a good coach and a man of the world," he said. "I am happy in any country. I have worked in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Japan and Brazil.
"If I want to go to England, I need to learn the language better and know more about the job. That could take two or three months but is not a problem for me. The language of the players I know very well. But it is important to communicate to the people." Scolari's Brazil beat England 2-1 in the 2002 World Cup quarterfinals, while his Portugal team ousted England on penalties at the same stage of Euro 2004.
First Published: Feb 05, 2006 18:09 IST