Paul Jewell believes Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp 'ticks all the boxes' to be the next England manager.
Jewell, looking for a return to management after being out of the game since leaving Wigan in May, has backed the 60-year-old to succeed Steve McClaren after he was sacked yesterday for failing to secure qualification for Euro 2008.
So far only Redknapp and former AC Milan and Real Madrid coach Fabio Capello have not ruled themselves out of the running for the England job when asked, and Jewell told Sky Sports News: 'I would give it to Harry Redknapp. He has got a fantastic way with players, he gets people playing for him, he knows the game, he's played and he's English.
'He ticks all the boxes, he would definitely have the respect of the players and he has managed in the Premier League.
'It's unfortunate that English coaches never seem to get a mention, and someone like Harry has been around for a long time, more than served his apprenticeship. I don't think it would be so much of a gamble.'
Jewell insists the FA should seek advice from club managers in making their appointment, adding: 'I see the people on the FA committee quite regularly when I'm down there on those disciplinary meetings and some of the people making the decision on the England manager I don't think are qualified to.'
International management is not in Jewell's thoughts, and he revealed he had asked not to be considered for the vacant Republic of Ireland job.
Jewell had spoken to Johnny Giles, who is advising the Football Association of Ireland on the successor to Steve Staunton, but wants a return to the club game.
'I rang Johnny yesterday and said after certain consideration, I'm really flattered and decided not to be considered,' Jewell said.
'John Delaney the chief executive (of the FAI) called me last night and I discussed it with him, but I'm beginning to miss the day-to-day involvement with the players on the training ground. That's what I'm looking for now, maybe in the future you never know.
'At the moment, as flattered as I was, it's best for me to get back into club football.'