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Rio in favour of Mourinho

02 Dec 2007 - 13:35:41

Rio Ferdinand has given his endorsement to Jose Mourinho after claiming the former Chelsea coach would be a 'good' England manager.

The Manchester United defender believes the Portuguese coach would be an ideal choice to replace Steve McClaren, who was sacked after England failed to qualify for Euro 2008.

Mourinho has emerged as the leading candidate for the role but has yet to be approached by the Football Association.

"I think it would be good," Ferdinand told the Daily Star Sunday.

"We need someone who can organise the team into being a success."

Meanwhile, Ferdinand believes the next England manager must discover a way of getting the best out of players who consistently fail to reach their club highs when representing their country.

He added: "We did not mark ourselves as the Golden Era yet look at the players who all perform in the top echelon of players around Europe.

"But we can't seem to do that in an England shirt. The players always play well for their clubs, but not on a consistent basis for England.

"The next manager needs to change that - it's as simple as that.

"I can't put my finger on what needs doing because if I did I would be the next manager.

"I just think we need a manager to come in and state his views and set the team out in a clear way.

"That's not to say it's not been happening, but we did not qualify, so it's not been going right. We need the next manager to get that blend."


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