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ALEX FERGUSON is backing Jose Mourinho to be England's next boss.

Manchester United chief Fergie thinks his former Chelsea rival is the outstanding candidate to succeed Steve McClaren.

Mourinho will be the only name Fergie will put forward once the FA consult him.

Sir Alex told a pal: “Jose Mourinho should be the next England manager.

"It is the job of club managers to get the most from their players technically.

“It is the job of the England manager to motivate the players — and there is no one better at that than Mourinho.

“If the FA consult me about it, I'll give them a shortlist of one — and tell them to get Mourinho.â€

The FA, desperate to get this appointment right, are ready to consult every Premier League boss about the way forward.

Ex-England chief Bobby Robson is also backing Mourinho, who he worked with at Sporting Lisbon, Porto and Barcelona.

Robson said: “I think Mourinho is a great candidate for England.

“I'd prefer an English manager. But everything depends on the solutions available and, if there's no interesting name from within, Mourinho would be a very good choice.â€

Mourinho also got support from Michael Essien, one of his former players at Chelsea. He said: “Jose knows how to get the best out o high-quality players.â€
 

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I know there's a lot of mutual respect between Fergie and Mourinho - they would share a glass (or two!) of wine after matches, something I can't imagine either doing with Wenger!

Brian Barwick said he would consult Premier League managers (as well as Sir Trevor Brooking) so it looks like 1 vote for Mourinho.
 
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