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FA hit out at rift stories

07 Dec 2007 - 11:19:20

The Football Association has rubbished reports of a rift between chief executive Brian Barwick and director of football development Sir Trevor Brooking.

The pair have been charged with identifying the best candidate to replace the sacked Steve McClaren as England manager.

Reports claims the pair were at loggerheads over the best route to take, with Barwick favouring a high-profile continental coach and Brooking keen to appoint a homegrown manager.

Newspaper stories claimed Brooking was in favour of appointing West Ham United manager Alan Curbishley.

However, the FA has angrily denied the claim and insists talk of a rift could not be further from the truth.

"There's no truth in any suggestion of a problem between Brian Barwick and Sir Trevor Brooking, or a conflict or difference of opinion of any sort in appointing the next England manager," said FA director of communications Adrian Bevington.

"It's totally without foundation. It's misleading to the public and grossly unfair on Brian and Sir Trevor, who are going about their work in a completely professional manner.

"This is not helpful at a time when we're doing all we can to ensure we get the right man and the best man for the England job, which is what the fans all want."


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