FA Chairman David Bernstein has confirmed that Stuart Pearce will be the interim England manager for the upcoming friendly match against the Netherlands while it searches for a permanent successor to Fabio Capello. Pearce once served as Capello’s assistant.
Capello officially resigned on Wednesday as a result of disagreements over former England captain John Terry, as a result of his pending racism trial, leaving the team without a manager four months before the start of the Euro 2012. England Under-21 and British Olympic team coach Pearce will lead the team when they host the Netherlands at Wembley on 29th February as they continue preparations for the European Championship in Poland and Ukraine. Bernstein said of Pearce that “He knows the players very well. He just said if you would like me to do it, I would like to do it.”
Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp, who was recently cleared of tax evasion charges, is the favourite to take over the position however he was recently reported as saying that with his focus on the performance of Spurs, he hadn’t even thought about it. The Football Association has confirmed that a short-list will be confirmed tomorrow.
There have been calls to avoid appointing another foreign coach but Bernstein said that there is no way to guarantee that the next man will definitely be British. He stated that the FA had a preference for a British candidate but insisted the priority is to appoint the best person.
Source: Daily Mail