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Herdman open to FA approach
Canada coach John Herdman would consider an approach from the Football Association to manage the England women's team, but Glenn Hoddle has ruled himself out of contention.
Hope Powell was sacked after 15 years at the helm on Tuesday, having presided over a dismal performance in the recent European Championships in Sweden that ended with two defeats and a draw from their group campaign.
Hoddle, who coached the England men's team from 1996 to 1999, has distanced himself from the post.
"No, it's not for me. It's a good job. Women's football has improved so much. It's come on leaps and bounds," Hoddle said.
County Durham-born Herdman, however, has expressed interest following his emergence as a contender on the strength of his work with Canada and, previously, New Zealand.
The Canadians are keen to retain the 38-year-old as they are host nation for the 2015 World Cup and, after a bronze medal at last year's Olympics, expectations are high.
Herdman is satisfied with his current position, but would be compelled to listen if his home country came calling.
"Hope is a legend in the game and has done great things. As a coach it makes you feel quite vulnerable," he told the BBC.
"I've got a World Cup coming up in 2015 and have to keep my focus on that because I don't want to end up in a similar situation (to Powell).
"I've got a job to do here and the more time I spend thinking about other jobs, the less chance I've got of being successful.
"I'm going to keep doing what I do and if the English FA ring me up, it's my homeland, and if they say 'We need your help', I'm going to consider that.
"But at the end of the day I have a big job here with some exciting players and an exciting opportunity in Canada."
A lifelong Newcastle fan, Herdman has worked overseas since 2006 when he headed to New Zealand, before taking the Canada job in 2011.
Success was instant with a gold at the Pan American Games and, with Olympic success thrown in too, his current set-up could appear preferable to assuming control of a side which performed so poorly at this summer's European Championship.
Herdman stressed, however, that national pride would play a part in any decision he would make.
"I think you'd have to (listen)," he added. "It's your home country that's ringing you and if they're asking for help, you'd consider that situation.
"It would be disrespectful to keep talking about Hope's job because at the end of the day, this is a lady who has done so much for the English team.
"If I wasn't in the Canada job, you'd go, 'I'd love to do that', but I'm in a big position here and have a massive responsibility at the same time.
"Until a job is presented there is no point even talking. I'm just honoured that someone would even think of a little lad from Newcastle to be even considered for a position like that."
The FA has four weeks before England begin their qualification programme for the 2015 World Cup with home games against Belarus and Turkey on September 21 and 26 respectively.