Brooking: Players can adapt to caretaker

Fri, 16 Mar 08:58:51 2012

Sir Trevor Brooking believes the England players will adjust to playing under a caretaker manager should the Football Association opt to go down that route for the Euro 2012 finals.

Brooking, the FA director of football development, has first-hand knowledge from dealing with such an experience in his early days as an England player. He made his debut in the last match of Sir Alf Ramsey's reign but then played under stand-in boss Joe Mercer who enjoyed a seven-game run before making way for Don Revie.

Stuart Pearce was in charge for last month's friendly with Holland and is willing to take charge for the Euros if appointing a permanent successor to Fabio Capello is delayed. Brooking said: "When I started with England, Joe Mercer came in for a few games after Sir Alf left. But, when you play at international level you can cope with something like that."

He added: "You are in a group of players you know well, you want to play well. Part of that under Joe was an end of season tour, a difference perhaps to a tournament like Euro 2012.

"But I've always felt you can have someone come in, if everything is in place, and take up the role pretty quickly because the quality of player you are working with can easily adapt."

Brooking is part of the four-man FA board who will decide Capello's replacement but he is reluctant to comment on how that search is developing.

He said: "We've always said we will wait until the latter part of the season and nothing has changed.

"It will be the back end of the season before something happens."


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