Harry Redknapp has been given a strong public endorsement to become the next England manager from a Football Association board member.
Redknapp has been considered favourite for the position since the departure of Fabio Capello from the national team post in February. In the strongest show of support for the Spurs boss from the FA thus far, Phil Gartside stated in a BBC interview that Redknapp would be the ideal man to lead England into the Euro 2012 tournament.
In the interview, Gartside says Redknapp would be an "outstanding England manager" and is a "good motivator with a winning mentality".
Meanwhile, former England striker Gary Lineker is baffled by the delay in naming Redknapp to lead England at the European Championship this summer.
"What is going on with the FA? When are they going to decide or even approach some form of England manager or let Stuart Pearce know he's got (the job) for the Euros? Somebody has to prepare," Lineker told BBC Radio Five Live.
"The only reason I can think of - which I'm sure is the reason - is that they don't want to upset any club's applecart.
"If they were going to go for Harry Redknapp, which we all presume they will, they don't want to upset the end of Spurs' season - but it seems they have already done that now so they might as well get on with it.
"They may think everything is in place and there are no (England) games until the end of the season, the training camp is all sorted, but the new man needs to start thinking and planning his team.
"He needs to start thinking and planning about how other teams play and do his homework on them and things like that, now they're running out of time. If they were going to go with anybody, they should have done it by now."