New Three Lions manager wants a younger man to be the third member of the coaching set-up but is pushing for someone who can make a difference on the training pitch
By Wayne Veysey
Alan Shearer has been ruled out of the running to be a member of Roy Hodgson’s England backroom team, Goal.com can reveal.
Hodgson and his No.2 Ray Lewington had their first face-to-face meeting on Wednesday following the Fulham coach’s appointment for Euro 2012 on a short-term contract.
Goal.com understands that one of the discussion points centred on identifying the third member of the coaching set-up who will link up with Hodgson and Lewington at the end of the season.
The Football Association want a younger figure with international playing experience who the England players can identify with and who can be a direct conduit between the squad and the management team.
However, it is believed that Hodgson is pushing for someone whose skill-set can make a difference on the training pitch.
Shearer has been ruled out because it is thought he is unwilling to sacrifice his media commitments, while there are doubts about the coaching expertise of the other early front-runners such Phil Neville and Paul Ince.
Gareth Southgate, the FA head of elite development, Nick Barmby, who was sacked as Hull City manager earlier this week, and Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson are other names in the frame for a post designed for Euro 2012 only.
Goal.com revealed last Friday that Fulham had been officially approached by the FA on Thursday about inviting Lewington to be part of Hodgson’s support team, initially for this summer, with a view to extending the role to England's World Cup qualifying campaign if all goes well.
The FA will cover Lewington's Fulham salary while he is with England and pay the Premier League club a compensation sum for his services.
The FA has no plans to build an extensive permanent coaching team to support Hodgson, unlike with his predecessor Fabio Capello, while Stuart Pearce has already been axed from the senior support team.