The Football Association have moved to reject claims that talks have taken place lining up David Beckham for an England management role alongside Harry Redknapp.
A report claimed the FA had asked Tottenham boss Redknapp and former England captain Beckham to form a managerial ‘Dream Team’ when Fabio Capello steps down from the helm of the national side after Euro 2012.
However, an FA spokesman said: “There are no such talks and we have not discussed any potential succession plan with anyone at this point.”
A spokesman for Beckham added: “We have never spoken to anyone at the FA with regards to an Olympic or England managerial role. There is no truth in the story.”
The report suggested FA chiefs had conducted “informal discussions” with 63-year-old Redknapp over becoming England manager, with 35-year-old LA Galaxy midfielder Beckham his assistant, as well as a long-term plan for the former Manchester United player to succeed him in the job.
Beckham admits he would like to serve his country again in some capacity when his playing career is over, but not in a management role.
“I have always said I wouldn’t like to be a manager and that still stands,” Beckham, who worked under Fabio Capello at the World Cupin South Africa last summer, told the Daily Mirror.
“As a kid all I thought about was playing and at the point in my career where it is going to be finishing in the next few years it doesn’t come into my head about being a manager.
“What role I will be involved in in the future, who knows?
“But in America the idea of specialist coaching roles, say working with the midfielders, are really important. If the manager at the time felt I could do that, then maybe.”
Redknapp will attempt to sign Beckham on Thursday, with the the ex-Real Madrid midfielder potentially available until March having made similar moves to Milan in the past two Major Soccer League close seasons.
Speaking after last night’s defeat at Everton, Redknapp said: “I will speak to the chairman and see where we are at.
“It is definitely not done – one million percent not. I don’t know what has happened.
“I have left it to the chairman to deal with.
“I think we could do with his know-how, I think he has something to offer but it is out of my hands.
“I’ve said I’d like him but it is up to others now whether there is a deal to be done.”