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Psycho in England Under-21 talks

Manchester City manager Stuart Pearce has admitted he has had a 'brief conversation' with the Football Association over the possibility of succeeding Peter Taylor as England Under-21 coach.

Pearce, along with Bolton assistant Sammy Lee and Watford boss Adrian Boothroyd, are believed to have been targeted by Soho Square officials to lead England's young guns into this summer's European championship campaign.

Once linked with the senior England role, Pearce's work at Eastlands is clearly admired by FA officials and the former national team skipper has admitted talks have taken place, although he has no idea when a final decision will be reached.

'I have had a brief conversation,' said Pearce. 'At this stage this is as far as it goes.'

Although he stressed the situation was hypothetical until a firm approach had been made, Pearce insisted it was possible to combine his role at City with a part-time position within the England set-up.

In announcing his resignation on Thursday, Taylor cited the perception of a clash of interests with his role as Crystal Palace manager as one of the major reasons for his decision, a problem Pearce sympathises with but does not necessarily see as a deal breaker.

'If an offer came I would look at it,' he said. 'I don't think the word 'juggle' would come into it.

'I listened to what Peter Taylor had to say yesterday. It seemed he felt he could do it but it was how the situation was being perceived outside the club.

'But any time your country approaches you about anything is a proud moment.

'The bottom line is I wouldn't do anything that is detrimental to the job I do here but I believe anyone working with the under-21s would have to gain a benefit.'

• Bolton assistant manager Sammy Lee will not take charge of the England Under-21 side on a part-time basis according to Sam Allardyce.

Lee was linked to the post after Peter Taylor decided to step down in order to concentrate on his club commitments.

Bolton boss Allardyce said: 'Sammy is not interested in taking the up the under-21 part-time position.

'We had that discussion when he filled in for Peter before. A decision was made then and stays the same.'