Roy Hodgson's trusted assistant looks set to link up with the Three Lions on a permanent basis after joining from the west Londoners initially for Euro 2012EXCLUSIVE
By Wayne Veysey
The Football Association has reached an agreement with Fulham for Ray Lewington to join the England coaching staff full-time, Goal.com can reveal.
The governing body will pay off Lewington’s rolling contract with the Premier League club to bring to an end his seven-year spell in west London.
Sources have told Goal.com that negotiations are now complete and Lewington should be shortly confirmed as the third permanent member of the backroom team.
The FA announced on May 4 that Lewington had been appointed Roy Hodgson’s No.2 for Euro 2012 on a short-term contract 24 hours after Goal.com revealed that the governing body had made an official approach to Fulham.
Hodgson was always keen for his right-hand man during his three-year spell as Fulham manager to join him on a full-time basis.
However, the FA had to tread carefully because of the sensibilities involved in Lewington being employed by a Premier League club.
There was not the same concern with Gary Neville, who signed a four-year contract to be part of Hodgson’s coaching team last month, although the former Manchester United player will continue his punditry duties with Sky Sports.
Lewington has coached at almost every level during two lengthy periods on the Fulham coaching staff and is currently the club’s Head of Coaching, with particular emphasis on developing young players.
He re-joined Fulham in 2005 after spells as manager at Watford and Brentford but feels the opportunity to work for the national team is too good to turn down.