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Sunday, February 05, 2006

Scolari Wants England Job

Portugal and former Brazil manager Luiz Felipe Scolari is one of the names in the hat for the England job, having won the World Cup with Brazil and had a creditable Euro 2004 in charge of Portugal.

There's just one, minor problem. He doesn't speak English. Cynical commentators on the game would suggest that most English players can't really speak English either, so what's the problem. I, of course, rise above such cheap gags and would never suggest such a thing.

Scolari thinks it will take him 2 or 3 months to master the language (!) and that "It is not a problem for the job as the language for the players I know very well, but it is important for communication with the media." in a BBC radio interview.

Um, sorry, Mr Scolari...not being able to speak the language of the team you are managing IS a problem. One that should exclude you from even being considered for the job. Oh, and it will take more than 2-3 months to learn the language, especially the variant of it spoken by such erudite and literary brains as Joe Cole and John Terry.

posted by mark_s at 7:16 PM


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