Fa's Identikit Boss; Arry for England David Bernstein 'Paints the Picture of Fabio's Successor

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Fa's Identikit Boss; Arry for England David Bernstein 'Paints the Picture of Fabio's Successor


Byline: MARTIN LIPTON

THE actual words 'Harry Redknapp' were not spoken by any of the FA High Command.

After all, they all knew that any mention of the Spurs boss would only serve to up White Hart Lane chairman Daniel Levy's asking price.

But as FA chairman David Bernstein and Club England chief Adrian Bevington outlined the identikit of the man they wanted to succeed Fabio Capello, they did not really have to.

Implicitly, for all the efforts not to criticise the Italian, Bernstein and his three colleagues conceded watching England had become an ordeal rather than an enjoyment.

They know it has to change. They want a man who can change it. And we all know who they, in truth, expect that man to be.

The four-man appointments sub-committee - of Bernstein, Bevington, general secretary Alex Horne and Director of Football Development Sir Trevor Brooking - will sit down today to draft a short list. A very short list.

Bevington said: "I've been through this process, as has Trevor, a few times now and we fully appreciate that once a manager resigns from a post there is an absolute intensity from the media and the public for who the next man is going to be.

"It's a priority for us, but what we've got to do is sit down as a group and establish exactly what it is we are looking for.

"We are looking for someone who will have the respect of the players, that has a good track record, hopefully someone that will excite and inspire the fans, and who, we believe, can play a really important role at St George's Park [the FA's National Football Centre].

"That doesn't mean someone who will set out the whole coaching philosophy for the organisation, but someone who can be the senior team manager and regularly go into the Under-17s dressing room to explain to the younger boys the importance of international football to them.

"Someone who can go away with the Under-21s when the seniors aren't playing, someone who can be a real motivator to the younger players and who can send out a message about how important it is to play for England.

"And someone who can also work closely and have a good relationship with club managers and coaches, me peop ople le le into our maybe invite some people into our international development set up, so that we can have a number of managers and coaches to help formulate a long-term plan.

"You are judged on how you do in tournaments, but we are looking for those characteristics I've just talked about and ultimately we are looking for someone to go and be successful on the pitch at the European Championships and World Cup."

As important, added Bernstein, is that the chosen one can alter the mood music, replacing what has become a funeral dirge with something upbeat and uplifting.

The chairman conceded: "I bow to Sir Trevor's view that the motivational qualities of a future England manager are absolutely vital, to be able to handle big players and motivate and excite both the players and the fans.

"I can't enter into aWc cpdwf any discussion on individuals. We will do this as quickly as we can, but we don't want to rush the process. We want to do it properly, do it professionally. Do it in the best way we can.

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