Scolari turns down offer

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:40 IST

Luiz Felipe Scolari has announced he is not interested in taking over as England football coach.

Lisbon:

Luiz Felipe Scolari has announced he is not interested in taking over as England football coach, a day after English officials approached him about replacing Sven-Goran Eriksson after the World Cup. "The English FA is going to choose a name. My name isn't one of them because I'm closing this matter here," Scolari said in Marienfeld, Germany, where he was visiting Portugal's World Cup base. "I was very pleased they considered me, but definitely at this time I want to draw a line under this matter," he added. English Football Association officials met with Scolari's agent Gilmar Veloz on Thursday in Lisbon. Eriksson, a Swede who has served as England coach for five years, is leaving the job after the June 9-July 9 World Cup in Germany. Scolari said several factors caused him to rebuff England's interest, which reportedly included a sizable pay-rise. He cited his fondness for Portugal and a reluctance to deal with further media intrusion. (AP)

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