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JANUARY 15 Sven Goran Eriksson (left) is stung by the fake sheikh as he offers to walk out on England and take a pounds 10million payday to become involved in a false consortium taking over Aston Villa. He also brands Rio Ferdinand "lazy" and says Wayne Rooney had a "rough" upbringing.
JANUARY 23 Eriksson and FA chief executive Brian Barwick announce the England boss will quit after the World Cup.
JANUARY 24 Dutchman Guus Hiddink (below), the former Holland and South Korea boss, emerges as the early FA favourite - but his agent does not help his chances by going public on his desire for the job.
JANUARY 25 Luis Felipe Scolari joins the shortlist of candidates but the pressure is on the FA to appoint a home-grown boss as Stuart Pearce (right), Sam Allardyce, Steve McClaren and Ulsterman Martin O'Neill also come forward.
JANUARY 26 Scolari and McClaren are the first managers voted off Mirror Sport's Boss Idol phone-in poll.
JANUARY 31 Charlton boss Curbishley complains he is in the public spotlight more than Big Brother winner Chantelle (right) after emerging as a contender. He eventually tops the poll.
FEBRUARY 3 Eriksson emerges as an early contender for the Newcastle job after Graeme Souness is axed. Newcastle move for O'Neill - which puts his England chances in the balance.
FEBRUARY 9 Barwick draws up a threeman shortlist - O'Neill, Pearce and Curbishley.
FEBRUARY 11 Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger reveals he turned down England - but in 2001. Wenger says the job must go to an Englishman.
FEBRUARY 28 Barwick backs O'Neill - but his other selection panel members Noel White and Dave Richards don't agree. …