The English Football Association plan to appoint a young home-grown coach to work under England boss Fabio Capello by the end of next month.
The FA promised to add a greater English influence into the England set-up in the wake of the country's dismal performance at the FIFA World Cup™ last year. The plan is for the coach to be groomed as a potential national team manager of the future, with FA director of football development Sir Trevor Brooking heavily involved in the appointment.
FA general secretary Alex Horne said: "It's something which I spoke to Trevor about just before Christmas. I would expect by the end of February to have a name."
Alan Shearer has previously been linked with the role and Horne said: "I've got a preferred candidate but I'm not going to give you a name. I envisage it will be a part-time contractual arrangement.
"What I'm working on with Trevor is the job description to make sure we understand it, so that it's right. I think there are a number of things that somebody could help us with around the international set-up."
England Under-21 boss Stuart Pearce and Ray Clemence, the goalkeeping coach, are already part of Capello's backroom team.