Euro 2012 - English manager a priority for FA

Thu, 09 Feb 12:52:00 2012

FA chairman David Bernstein says the governing body will not rush into finding a replacement for Fabio Capello, but conceded the governing body would prefer to appoint an English or British candidate and that public opinion would be taken into account.

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Bernstein headed a press conference at Wembley on Thursday as the FA explained in greater detail the reasons behind Fabio Capello's resignation and its plans for the future of the national team, with Stuart Pearce confirmed as an interim manager for the friendly against Netherlands on February 29.

Key figures at the FA - including Bernstein, director of football development Sir Trevor Brooking, general secretary Alex Horne and managing director of Club England Adrian Bevington - will start the process of drawing together a shortlist for a permanent appointment on Friday.

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp is the overwhelming favourite to be appointed and Bernstein conceded that the FA would not rule out a possible job share prior to the Euro 2012 finals in June. He also said that following Capello's exit, the desire was to appoint an English or British manager.

"There is clearly a preference for an Englishman," Bernstein said. "There is a preference for an English person or a British person, but in the end we want the best person.

"Clearly an English or a British person would have a good start of the matter."

Bernstein said the FA was "open-minded" when it comes to the appointment of the next boss, and did not rule out an initial part-time role.

He said: "We don't want to rush anything. There's no need to rush anything. We'll give it proper consideration and it'll have high priority."

Sitting alongside Horne, Brooking and Bevington, Bernstein continued: "It'll be dealt with by the four of us. We've cleared diaries for tomorrow to start working on this."

Bernstein was keen not to get drawn into speculation over who could replace Capello in the long term, but promised the FA would act as swiftly as possible.

"I'm not going to go into discussions on individuals," he said. "We will do this as quickly and sensibly as we can but don't want to rush the process. We want to do it properly, do it professionally. We will put a shortlist together of key people. We will do it as soon as we can. It will be a major priority for us."

Both Rio Ferdinand and Wayne Rooney have already called for Redknapp to replace Capello on Twitter, and it appears that the Spurs boss also has much support amongst the wider public.

Bernstein said that public opinion would play a role in the FA's thought process but denied that it would be the only consideration and said it would be unwise to have a single candidate in mind given future negotiations.

"We can't be driven by that," Bernstein said of calls for Redknapp's appointment. "We have to put a proper shortlist together."

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