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Oct, 3, 2011

FA won't name new coach before Euros

The FA will not seek out a replacement for England boss Fabio Capello before Euro 2012 as it could "undermine" his position during the tournament, ESPNsoccernet has been informed.

• No Rio or Gerrard for England

English football's governing body is keen to avoid a repeat of the build-up to the 2006 World Cup, when Luiz Felipe Scolari was courted but rejected the Three Lions' approach while Sven Goran Eriksson was still in the hotseat.

Eriksson's assistant Steve McClaren was then named as his successor before the tournament in Germany, leading to accusations that the Swede was a 'lame duck' coach during the finals.

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has long been tipped as the favourite to replace Capello, with recent reports in the English press suggesting that he may even be installed as manager for next summer's European Championship.

But an FA insider has told ESPNsoccernet that those reports are wide of the mark, and that a new England boss will not be named until after Euro 2012.

"There is no possibility of a new England manager being appointed ahead of the summer tournament or indeed taking over for that tournament," the insider told ESPNsoccernet.

"Certainly time will be of the essence in appointing the new manager, but it would be difficult making approaches as that would undermine the current manager ahead of the summer's tournament."

However, failing to appoint Capello's successor before Euro 2012 will leave FA officials with little time to go through the formalities of contacting a new manager to sort out the terms and possible compensation to their club before World Cup qualifiers begin next September.

FA sources have informed ESPNsoccernet that no definitive shortlist of possible managers has been drawn up as yet, though it's believed Spurs boss Redknapp and West Brom's Roy Hodgson are the leading contenders.

• Harry Harris' new book: 19: The Remarkable Story of United's League Championship Record is available now.

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