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Sunday, January 15, 2006
Venables enters race for South Africa job

Former England boss Terry Venables has applied to become South Africa's new head coach.

The South African Football Association (Safa) revealed he was one of approximately 50 candidates for a job which became available last November when Stuart Baxter resigned from the post.

Caretaker coach Ted Dumitri will lead Bafana Bafana during the upcoming African Nations Cup, with Safa then meeting to discuss Baxter's successor following the end of the tournament next month.

Although the list of applicants includes a number of high-profile names, Safa chief executive Raymond Hack insists every candidate will be considered for the job.

'The idea that anyone - Venables included - has an inside track or is in discussions with Safa is utter nonsense,' Hack told South African newspaper the Sunday Times.

'Ted will report on the African Cup of Nations on February 17 [when the next executive meeting is held] and after that we will take things forward.

'We acknowledge receipt (of every application) and that's all - nothing is evaluated or discussed at any level of Safa. The irony here is that these many applications are not responses to an advertised vacancy.'

As well as England, who he led to the Euro 96 semi-finals, Venables has also managed Barcelona, Tottenham, Leeds, Australia, Crystal Palace and QPR.

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