England seek homegrown Fabio Capello successor


The Football Association has conceded that an Englishman is likely to be the next manager of the national team.

Current head coach Fabio Capello is under contract with the FA until after the 2012 European Championship, but the Italian has come under fire following England's abject performance at the World Cup.

Capello was backed to continue at the helm of the Three Lions but Club England managing director Adrian Bevington had admitted that his predecessor is likely to be a homegrown coach.

"That is the view in the discussions I have been involved in," Bevington told BBC Radio 5 Live's Sportsweek programme on Sunday.

"We enjoyed working with (Swede) Sven-Goran Eriksson and we have Fabio Capello in now.

"I think the English team should be managed by an English manager (in the future)."

England will play France in an international friendly at Wembley on November 17.

However, Bevington has admitted that between now and then there needs to be an improvement in the way that Capello communicates with his players.

Capello has been criticised this week for informing former captain David Beckham that he would no longer be selected for England through the media.

"A lot of people have a very different view of Fabio Capello to the one they had before the World Cup," added Bevington.

"Our job is to support him as best we can. Maybe we can help him, and maybe now is the time to improve communications between manager and players."

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