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FA deny split over West Ham boss Curbishley

The Football Association have dismissed any suggestion of a rift between England powerbrokers Brian Barwick and Sir Trevor Brooking.

Between them, FA chief executive Barwick and director of football development Brooking have been tasked with the job of finding Steve McClaren's successor as England coach.

Over the past fortnight, they have met with a number of senior figures within the game, both from inside and outside England's borders, hoping the extensive consultative process will eventually unearth the right man.

However, reports have emerged of a major difference of opinion between the pair with Barwick said to want a 'world-class' continental manager, while Brooking is adamant he wants an Englishman in charge, probably in the form of West Ham boss Alan Curbishley.

Although he was interviewed last time around, Curbishley has never seemed likely to figure prominently in the FA's thoughts on this occasion and in any case, has already ruled himself out of contention.

"There is no truth in any suggestion of a problem between Brian Barwick and Sir Trevor Brooking, or a conflict or difference of opinion of any sort in appointing the next England manager," said FA director of communications Adrian Bevington.

"It is totally without foundation. It is misleading to the public and grossly unfair on Brian and Sir Trevor, who are going about their work in a completely professional manner.

"This is not helpful at a time when we are doing all we can to ensure we get the right man and the best man for the England job, which is what the fans all want."

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