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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Nov 29, 2007

Barwick to canvas opinion in manager search

Brian Barwick today told Football Association directors he will consult leading figures from at home and abroad in his search for a 'world-class manager' to be Steve McClaren's successor as England head coach.

Barwick reported to the FA board that he has already canvassed opinion from England captain John Terry, UEFA president Michel Platini, Germany legend Franz Beckenbauer and Wales manager John Toshack.

Now Barwick and Sir Trevor Brooking, the organisation's director of football development, have drawn up a list of other leading figures they will consult in their search.

These include England vice-captain Steven Gerrard, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, Sir Bobby Charlton plus former England managers Sir Bobby Robson, Glenn Hoddle and Graham Taylor.

The FA chief executive told them he and Brooking were looking for a manager of the very highest calibre.

Barwick did not mention any names to the board members but his comments would make it less likely for Alan Shearer to be McClaren's successor given that he has no managerial experience.

Barwick met Brooking yesterday to decide their tactics for finding the best man for the job.

An FA insider said: 'The chief executive told the board that he was determined to get a manager with world-class credentials.

'He also said he was not working to any deadline - that as time was not an issue the most important thing was getting the best man for the job.'

The FA source added that the search was very much a joint operation between Barwick and Brooking.

The FA also rejected a report that Barwick had already drawn up a shortlist.

An FA spokesman said: 'There is no shortlist.'

Charlton said tonight: 'We've all got to get together to try to make it work.

'Whoever gets the position we would expect to be tough and would create respect from his players.

'I won't mention any names because I've only been invited to go to the meeting, when I go will have a fairer idea of what's expected of me.'

Charlton added on Sky Sports News tonight: 'In an ideal world Sir Alex Ferguson wouldn't be Scottish, he would be English. But you'll never change that!''

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