Brooking: We must evolve coaching structure
Sir Trevor Brooking feels how to 'evolve the structure' of the English coaching network remains a key objective following the appointment of new national-team boss Fabio Capello - and not just 'parachuting' someone in 'for the sake of it'.
The Football Association believe the 61-year-old Italian is the 'world-class' coach to lead England into the 2010 World Cup, and Capello is convinced he can guide the national side to glory in South Africa.
However, it is the longer-term issues which continue to concern Brooking, the FA's head of football development who helped chief executive Brian Barwick in the search for the new England manager.
Although Capello - set to be officially presented at a press conference in London tomorrow - has brought with him an all-Italian back-room staff, discussions are on-going to have some home-grown presence in the England coaching ranks, with Under-21 boss Stuart Pearce a leading candidate as well as former captain Alan Shearer and Watford's highly-rated manager Aidy Boothroyd.
Brooking, though, rejected the notion of any token gesture and that everything should be done for the right reasons rather than a knee-jerk appointment.
'I spoke to Fabio about it, the options and he is very relaxed about it. He has a structure and we did not want to just do it for the sake of doing it,' said Brooking.
'Somebody like Stuart, who has done really well in the last few months, will be very much part of the discussion to see how best to move this forwards.
Brooking told BBC Radio Five Live Sportsweek: 'Stuart has been doing an excellent job with the Under-21s and the experience of managing the team, with tournament football etc is really important.
'What happened late on during Steve's reign is Stuart used to come along on the day of the game with the seniors, just to look in and see what happens there.
'How you evolve what the structure is remains to be seen.
'You can parachute somebody in, but what is their role going to be? You don't want to put somebody in that position unless they feel comfortable and part of it.
'There are one or two coaches in the Premier League who could do it, but they are not necessarily the people who are going to take over in the top role.'
Brooking maintained: 'We have to use this platform to suck out all the knowledge we can from Fabio for however long he is with us - but never get in the position again with our players and coaches where we have not got 100% belief that we have not got choices internally.
'I think it needs significant transformation investment from the governing body of the FA, because we are custodians for a long-term plan. That is a much-detailed and longer debate.'
Brooking hopes to ensure the formal part of the coaching arrangements will be in place ahead of Capello's first match, a friendly with Euro 2008 joint-hosts Switzerland at Wembley early next year.
'We are going to try and discuss to have an arrangement in place for early February,' he said. 'Let's see what is going to be best for the English coaching structure and Fabio has been very relaxed and very open.
'Are there going to be opportunities when coaches can come in and observe what happens when England get together?
'This is not a closed shop where we are not going to also consult with one or two coaches whom we think could have a big input.'
Brooking added: 'In the end, it is about what are we going to do for English players and coaches in terms of investing and supporting the structure long-term as the governing body should.'