England Under-21 manager Stuart Pearce has confirmed he is willing to take charge of the full England squad for this summer’s European Championships.
Pearce made the revelation as he was announcing his squad for the senior friendly with Holland next week, for which he is in temporary charge following the resignation of Fabio Capello earlier this month.
Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp is the overwhelming favourite in the soccer betting to be the next full time boss, as he was before Capello’s departure six months earlier than expected.
But the Italian’s untimely departure as well as Redknapp’s understandable loyalty to a high-flying Tottenham means any appointment would not take place until the summer at least – Does that leave him enough time to run the rule over his squad?
That train of thought let to reporters asking Pearce whether he would be willing to step into Capello’s shoes for the tournament in Poland and Ukraine.
“I have tournament experience if they need me to step into the breach in the summer,” Pearce said. “If they need me to take the squad this summer I will do that with pleasure.
However, the former Nottingham Forest player and manager insists he is not ready to take the job full-time.
“This job, and the profile of this job, is for a very experienced man with a better CV than I have at this moment in time.
“I think that’s a decision the FA need to make for the right and proper reasons,”
“I’ll support whoever comes in. If he doesn’t want me in his set-up, I’ll support him from afar as Under-21 manager. That’s part of leadership – giving yourself for the greater good.
“By appointing me on a short-term basis, they’ve got breathing space, which is right and proper.”
Aftet tackling Holland at Wembley next week – a match rearranged from last August due to the London riots – England do not play another Live Football game until the end of May and a trip to Norway. A home game with Belgium completes their preparations ahead of their flight to Eastern Europe.