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Pearce - Players need to know
England's interim coach Stuart Pearce insists that the players 'need to know' who will be in charge at Euro 2012 before the end of the season.
Pearce has already suggested that the new man will be in place by May 10th, when he expects the squad for the European Championship to be named.
Pearce, who will be coaching Team GB at the Olympics will not pick any English players involved in Poland and Ukraine, so would like to know the make -up of the squad as soon as possible - but he insists it is the players who 'need to know'.
"I have no idea whether I will be selecting it but I fully expect, whether it is me or the next man, he will be selecting the squad around that time," said Pearce.
"The season ends on May 13 and the players need to know."
England have friendlies against Norway on May 26th and Belgium seven days later, so clearly a squad will have to be selected for those fixtures regardless.
It was thought the FA were waiting to discover whether Tottenham qualified for the UEFA Champions League before contact was made with favourite Harry Redknapp, plus any other potential contenders, and that crucial last-day fixtures would be played out before any approaches were made.
It is understood that if this scenario unfolds, the May 10th deadline will be pushed back, with the FA of the belief they have a further 10 days at most to come up with a squad.
But it is also possible that the FA will now speed up their process and make a move, believing they have hung on as long as possible.
Certainly it is hard to imagine a more confused and shambolic situation heading into a major tournament.
Yet Pearce insists it will not cause any disruption to the players, and it would not have worried him if the same situation had applied prior to Euro 96.
"It wouldn't have made any difference," said Pearce, who was a member of that squad 16 years ago.
"Whoever the manager is, as you have seen with many clubs, there is an uplift when the new manager comes in. It just might help the team.
"My ego is not that big that I would feel disappointed if it wasn't me.
"Whilst the organisation needs me to make decisions for the England team, I will do so."
Date: 2012-04-25 12:52:04