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O'Neill admits England interest

07 Jun 2006 - 10:01:59

Former Celtic boss Martin O'Neill has admitted that he was interested in becoming the next manager of the England national team.

Irishman O'Neill had been one of the favourites for the position after it was confirmed that Sven-Goran Eriksson would leave his post after the World Cup finals, before Steve McClaren eventually landed the job.

O'Neill told BBC Radio Five Live: "It is one of the great jobs in world football.

"If Brian Clough, who had the ego the size of 15 houses, had the humility to go for an interview for the England job, then the rest of us mortals should be able to subject ourselves to that.

"Had the job been offered, then I would have been absolutely foolish to turn it down."

Meanwhile, Eriksson's agent, Athol Still, says that his client is totally focused on his England commitments, amid growing talk of a move to Real Madrid later this summer.

He told the Daily Mirror: "We have had so many approaches from people associated with or purporting to be associated with candidates in the Real elections.

"I have said the same thing to all of them. Sven would be honoured to coach Real Madrid, but all that will have to wait until after the World Cup because right now his focus is on England."


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