FA would prefer English national manager

FA chairman David Bernstein has stated that the governing body would prefer an Englishman to take over as national manager, but has not ruled out a foreigner filling the position.

The Three Lions need a new boss after Fabio Capello resigned as the country’s trainer over the stripping of John Terry’s captaincy, and Bernstein has stated that all options will be explored.

“No, he will not definitely be English. There clearly is a preference for an Englishman,” the executive told Sky Sports.

“I have been asked this question consistently and the position hasn’t changed. There is a preference for an English person, or a British person. But, at the end, we want the best person.

“We aren’t prepared to rule out anything at this stage. Clearly, an English or British person would have a good start on the matter,” he admitted.

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp is favourite for the vacant role, but Bernstein refused to speak about specific individuals under consideration.

“I am not going to enter into discussions on individuals, but we will do it as sensibly as we can. It will be interesting to see who comes up, who comes to us and we will put a shortlist together.

“We are in very good shape in many ways, everything is in place and there is plenty of time for a new man to get in place and do what he needs to do, and I think we are in a much better place than what it might appear.

“I believe we will get the position put in place very soon,” he concluded.

It has also been confirmed that under-21 boss Stuart Pearce will assume the role on a caretaker basis until a new manager is appointed.

By Gareth McKnight

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