FA cool approach rumour

07 December 2007 09:45
The Football Association has denied reports that they are set to meet with Jose Mourinho or that they have already held talks with Fabio Capello. Stories on Friday suggested former Chelsea coach Mourinho was ready to fly back to England from his Portuguese home to discuss replacing Steve McClaren at the helm of the national team. FA chief executive Brian Barwick is believed to have drawn up a shortlist of candidates to replace McClaren, who was axed after England failed to qualify for Euro 2008. Mourinho is thought to be at the top of that list but neither he or experienced Italian coach Capello have held talks with Barwick. The FA have moved to play down the reports suggesting any candidates have already been approached to fill the vacancy. Capello has already admitted an interest in becoming the next England boss. The former AC Milan and Juventus coach has been out of work since leaving Real Madrid last summer despite bringing the league title back to the Spanish club. Meanwhile, Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill - himself a reported candidate for the role - believes Mourinho would be an 'excellent choice' to fill the vacancy. "Let's just say I think Jose would be an excellent choice, simple as that," he told The Times.

Source: ESA