Alan Curbishley believes Football Association chief executive Brian Barwick is in a 'difficult situation' in the hunt for a new England manager.

The West Ham manager was interviewed for the position in 2005 to succeed Sven Goran Eriksson along with Martin O'Neill and Luis Felipe Scolari.

The FA were heavily criticised for their recruitment policy last time around, which resulted in Steve McClaren being promoted from assistant coach.

Curbishley feels the FA face a near impossible task with the huge public interest surrounding the potential successor to McClaren.

He said: "Brian Barwick has got a difficult situation. Whatever he does he will be scrutinised - (with critics saying) 'he has taken too long' or 'he hasn't taken long enough.'

"How on earth will he conduct his business in private? I don't think he has got a chance.

"Last time there were people he wanted to talk to who were already working and their clubs were involved in cups or big league games. It was very difficult and he is in a similar position."