Sven Goran Eriksson has recommended one of his coaches – Steve McClaren, Sammy Lee or Peter Taylor to succeed him, when he eventually quits.
Eriksson believes an Englishman should take charge of national team once he has departed – and he hopes one of his own backroom tea will be given the role by the Football Association.
“When I took the job four and-a-half years ago I was asked by the FA to work with two or three English coaches who in the future could take over,” said the Swede.
“I still work with these three people in Peter Taylor, Steve McClaren and Sammy Lee.
“How the FA think about which one will take over I don’t know but I would say those three will definitely be in the window.
“The idea is good. It means Peter, Steve and Sammy get experience, much more than they would at their clubs. Experience is everything.”
Meanwhile, Football Association chief executive Brian Barwick, perhaps mindful of creating speculation about Eriksson’s posistion, was not prepared to discuss a potential successor.
“It would be disrespectful to Sven to discuss successors now but the key thing would be to find the best man,” said Barwick.
“If he’s English then so be it.”
Hull and England Under-21 manager Taylor was pleased to be mentioned as a future England boss .
“It’s very flattering and it was nice of Sven to say that but I’ll have to be polite and say it’s not right to talk about successors,” he said.
“It’s very nice for me though in that, if I’m getting mentioned, it means Hull and the Under-21s haven’t been doing badly.”