Sir Alex Ferguson snubbed England job twice

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Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that he twice rejected the chance to become England manager, describing the job as a "poisoned chalice".

The 68-year-old did not give details, but he is thought to have been the first-choice candidate to manage the Three Lions among senior Football Association figures to replace Terry Venables in 1996 and Glenn Hoddle three years later.

But Ferguson has admitted that he rejected the offers due to his Scottish roots and a sense that managing England is an almost impossible task.

He told a Canadian television station: "I was offered the chance to manage the England team on a couple of occasions but, of course, it was just out of the question.

"It's a poisoned chalice anyway. I think it's a terrible job, plus the fact that I would have had a tremendous handicap being Scottish; no matter which way you look it, that's important."

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