England Under-21 coach Stuart Pearce will not be offered a new contract by the Football Association (FA) when his deal expires at the end of June.
Following the team’s knockout from the European Championship 2013 in Israel, the FA have decided that Pearce, who has been in charge of the Under-21s for the last six years, has to make way for a new man for an improvement in the coaching style for the squad. The decision came despite Pearce’s indication to stay on as the coach of the Under-21s.
Former England manager Glen Hoddle who was in Singapore as part of a charity event organised by Marina Bay Sands, acknowledged Pearce’s contributions, but painted a grim reality of the current state of the team.
“I think it was very disappointing to everyone in England the way we performed in the tournament," was Hoddle's frank assessment when asked on Pearce's departure.
“They’ve already made the decision that Stuart is not going to remain as the U-21 coach. So someone has to go in there and take a hold."
Assessing the future prospects of the Under-21s, Hoddle further mentioned that more priority needs to be given to age-group competitions, adding: “The FA has to make big changes in the rules so that we can play our strongest team. If we do play our strongest teams in these tournaments, I do believe that we can win it, if not get into the finals."
"There’s a much bigger picture for a generation of kids coming through, where we’ve got to change the mentality of how we coach the new generation that can handle the ball better.”