Curbs: I don't want England job
Curbishley was appointed Hammers boss last December and kept them from relegation last season
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Sunday, 18, Nov 2007 08:10
Alan Curbishley has ruled himself out of the running to replace Steve McClaren as England boss.
If England lose to Croatia on Wednesday and fail to qualify for Euro 2008, McClaren is expected to be sacked by the Football Association.
Curbishley was interviewed for the England job last year while he was manager of Charlton Athletic but was beaten to the post by McClaren.
The West Ham United manager insists he does not want the England job anymore.
"When I was at Charlton I had all sorts of clauses in the contract - and that's why I was given permission to talk in the first place," Curbishley told the Observer newspaper.
"But I didn't seek any of those sort of things in this contract.
"I'm ruling myself out entirely. This is where I want to be and this is where I want to be successful, so I've got no intention of leaving the club."
Martin O'Neill was also interviewed by the FA last year to become Sven-Goran Eriksson's successor.
The Aston Villa boss is refusing to be drawn on speculation linking him to being the next national coach.
"There is no point in speculating on speculation," O'Neill told the Daily Star Sunday.
"Let's take it one step at a time. That's the way to run with it.
"My own view, and I'm not just saying it for the sake of it, is that England's recent performances have been excellent."
England need a draw at Wembley against the Croatians, who beat them 2-0 in Zagreb in October last year.
Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger have also been linked with the England job if England fail to qualify for their first major tournament since the 1994 World Cup.