Brian Kidd, current assistant to Terry Venables at Leeds United, is expected to be named as England’s new assistant coach.

Sven Goran Eriksson has been looking for a replacement for Steve McClaren, who resigned from the post before Christmas to concentrate on his managerial role at Middlesborough.

Kidd, 53, will continue club duties at Ellland Road and will be employed on a part-time basis by the Englishh FA. Leeds United have said Kidd has their backing to take on the new role.

Chairman Peter Ridsdale, nicknamed “Publicity Pete”, no doubt sees it as good PR for a club suffering bad press in recent times.

It is well known that many of the current England squad hold Kidd in high regard, having worked with him when he was at Manchester United, first as head of youth development then assistant to manager Sir Alex Ferguson.