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Dec 3, 2007

Mourinho would consider England job - advisor

Jose Mourinho would consider the England job if offered it by the Football Association, insists the Portuguese's personal advisor.

Although there has not yet been any official approach for the former Chelsea boss Eladio Parames confirmed Mourinho would take any offer seriously.

'He likes English football, the people, the country and the players,' said Parames. 'It would be an honour.'

'He's not waving his hands in the air, but if he's approached, he'll reply,' Parames added.

'If he were approached he'd consider it, discuss it, negotiate and present his own ideas.'

Monday's newspapers insist that the bookies' favourite for theEngland job has already started work on a blueprint for rebuilding the national side, including completing the construction of the National Football Centre at Burton.

Mourinho has also strongly denied reports linking him with a move to AC Milan and he has always spoken positively, without committing himself, when discussing the vacant England manager's role.

However, the FA are determined not to be rushed, despite the demand from outside forces for a quick decision.

Instead, FA chief executive Brian and director of football development Sir Trevor Brooking are continuing their fact-finding discussions with senior footballing figures.

Although the process has been viewed in some quarters as simply a question of a handpicked group offering an opinion as to who should get the job, the real reason for the talks is to determine what other elements are required to provide whoever is the new coach the best chance possible of being a success.

Brooking spent Saturday afternoon in Staines with Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, who was watching his son Darren's side Peterborough advance into the FA Cup third round.

Ferguson is one of the men who have been identified as being able to provide priceless advice on the job, while another, former England boss Sir Bobby Robson, yesterday used his newspaper column to trumpet the claims of Mourinho.

Fabio Capello is another live candidate, having already declared his interest, while others such as Jurgen Klinsmann, Guus Hiddink, Marcello Lippi and Luiz Felipe Scolari continue to be discussed - as does Martin O'Neill, even though the Aston Villa boss has twice attempted to rule himself out of the running.

One thing is for certain - while some continue to question the attractiveness of the England job, the England team remains a big draw across the globe despite their failure to reach Euro 2008.

While England are without a competitive game this summer, it is still possible a May meeting with old enemy Scotland could be arranged in front of what would definitely be a capacity crowd at Wembley.

However, Barwick is also considering over half a dozen friendly offers received while he was in Durban for the World Cup draw, proving how attractive England still are.

Australia are keen to get England to visit Melbourne, while North America, the Middle East and the Far East are other potential destinations.

Ideally, the FA would prefer to wait for a new manager to be appointed before finalising their plans but the practicalities of the situation may mean that is not possible.

A World Cup fixtures meeting in Zagreb on December 19, when England's precise campaign in a qualifying group containing Croatia, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Andorra will be agreed, may have an impact depending on who the Three Lions end up facing in September.