Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Francis Lined Up for England Role; EXCLUSIVE

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Francis Lined Up for England Role; EXCLUSIVE

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Byline: STEVE STAMMERS

GERRY FRANCIS today emerged as a serious candidate to be part of the new England management set-up.

The former Tottenham, Queens Park Rangers and Bristol Rovers manager has been sounded out about his availability to be part of the new structure that will be put in place following the departure of Sven-Goran Eriksson after the World Cup.

Francis was offered the England manager's job in 1995 but opted to stay at Tottenham. He has been out of football management for four years after retiring because of family illness and bereavements.

Now a Sky TV pundit, he has in recent years rejected the chance to return to QPR or go to Portsmouth but working with England would have appeal and he would be willing to be part of a new coaching structure under a figurehead such as Sir Trevor Brooking.

Francis - who captained England in the mid-1970s - is well respected at the Football Association and could be installed on a fulltime basis to work with youth, Under-21 teams as well as with the senior players. …

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