AZ Alkmaar manager Louis van Gaal has confirmed he would be interested in becoming the next England manager.
The Football Association is currently looking for a replacement for Steve McClaren who was sacked for England’s failure to qualify for Euro 2008.
The 56-year-old Van Gaal believes that England have the potential to win a major tournament, but he does not expect to figure highly on the FA’s shortlist.
“It’s a very good job to take as the results from the English team are not so good,” Van Gaal told Sky Sports News.
“I’ve always had the ambition to be a coach of a very good team that can win a Championship and I believe a country like England can win a Championship.
“I’m fully aware of my contract, along with the president. I don’t think the president would permit me to go to the English job.
“You can always talk, but it would be very difficult for [FA Chief Brian Barwick]. It’s better for him to look for another coach. But I’m available in 2009.”