FA Chairman Bernstein coy on Pearce's England Under-21 future

The 51-year-old, who oversaw back-to-back defeats and an early exit from the European Championship in Israel, will discover his fate in 'the next couple of weeks'
FA chairman David Bernstein remains non-committal regarding the future of Stuart Pearce following his England Under-21 side’s elimination from the European Under-21 Championship.

England lost 1-0 to Italy and 3-1 to Norway in their opening Group A matches despite having qualified for the finals comfortably, with the Young Lions recording two victories over Norway during an unbeaten qualifying campaign.

The former England left-back has publicly announced his desire to remain in the role, but Bernstein has refused to give Pearce any assurances over his future - though believes he has performed well.

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"That was something we always said would be decided after this tournament and that hasn't changed," the FA chairman told reporters.

“We will be sitting down as a Club England team in the very near future, I suspect within the next couple of weeks, to make that decision.

"Overall I have been very impressed with him, absolutely. I think his record has been good, he has won an awful lot matches, qualified regularly for tournaments.

"This tournament has been disappointing but I don't think it should be taken totally out of context in terms of his long-term deliveries, because on the whole he has delivered very well."

Pearce's hopes of keeping his position were handed a boost by Liverpool midfielder and England Under-21 captain Jordan Henderson, who gave the 51-year-old boss his full backing.

"He has been a brilliant manager since I've come into the Under-21s so I would love to see him stay on," said the Young Lions skipper.

"Obviously you can see his record - we got to the final a few tournaments ago and lost to a good team in Germany."