Alan Curbishley has hinted he does not expect to be offered the chance to become Sven-Goran Eriksson’s successor as England manager.
The Swede will step down in the summer as soon as the World Cup finals are over and already the Football Association is beginning the process of appointing a new man.
Whether Eriksson’s successor turns out to be an Englishman remains to be seen as there are few that can boast experience at the highest level and Curbishley has yet to win a major trophy or taste European competition in 15 years at the Charlton helm.
Nevertheless he has been recommended for the job by a number of high profile figures, including former England manager Sir Bobby Robson, and is regarded as a credible candidate by the bookies.
And although Curbishley was reluctant to talk about his prospects in the middle of a hectic spell of club activity he did admit he half expected another foreigner to succeed Eriksson, with the Dutchman Guus Hiddink already touted as the man most likely to land the job.
He said: “I have already said I think the next manager should be English but it wouldn’t surprise me if they do go foreign. They have to pick who they think is best for the job so we will have to wait and see.”
Charlton chief executive Peter Varney has already indicated the club would not try to repel any approach from the FA and Curbishley laughed: “It sounded like they wanted to get rid of me this week.
“With the England thing, we have had so much publicity over the last week that certainly, for myself, I just want to leave it to one side.
“I have enough on my plate with a difficult game tomorrow, a massive one on Tuesday and another difficult one on Sunday so I have to concentrate on that. Everything else is pure speculation.
“It has happened to me before so I will treat it the same way and not let it bother me at all. Until something is plonked in front of me it is not worth talking about.”
The FA intends to have made a decision by the time the finals are completed in June but Curbishley gave no indication that he expects to be in Germany at the time making notes on future opponents,.
He said: “I have already booked my holidays – and they are not around the world cup.”