Trevor Brooking Says New England Manager Could Start Just Days Before Euro 2012
The next England manager could be "parachuted in" just days before the start of this summer's European Championship.
Sir Trevor Brooking, part of the four-man panel who will pick the next England coach, yesterday revealed the Football Association won't rush into announcing a successor for the role vacated by Fabio Capello last month.
The FAs director of football said: "Everything will be in place [regarding preparation for the tournament]. The backroom staff is very good. Whoever comes in will be really happy with that.
"The issue is the timing, that is why we don't think we are in any rush. I think you could get somebody parachuted in a few days before it, though I'm sure there are some people in our group who don't want that."
Brooking, along with FA chairman David Bernstein, Club England managing director and FA general secretary Alex Horne make up the quartet tasked with deciding who will take up the reins of the national side. Brooking claimed that they were "ahead" on discussions regarding who the preferred choice is.
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Harry Redknapp is the firm favourite, his chances not harmed by his acquittal on charges of tax evasion on the day that Capello resigned from the England managerial role in February.
Stuart Pearce was interim coach at Wembley last night as England lost 3-2 to Holland after Arjen Robben hit a deflected stoppage-time winner. The visitors extended the Dutch's unbeaten run on English soil to three games.
Two-nil up courtesy of Robben's opener and Klaas Jan Huntelaar's brave header, the Oranje relinquished their lead as Gary Cahill halved the deficit with under 10 minutes remaining, before Ashley Young dinked in an equaliser.
Pearce confessed after the match that he was not the long-term man for the Three Lions hot seat, but is keen to remain in caretaker charge for the Euro 2012 finals in Ukraine and Poland.