Gary Neville urges FA to appoint England manager

Doing sweet FA is harming Euro hopes! Neville and Venables hit out over England job

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19:13 GMT, 29 March 2012

The Football Association have been warned that they could be storing up trouble by delaying the appointment of the next England manager.

Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville believes time is running out ahead of Euro 2012 while ex-England boss Terry Venables, who backed Harry Redknapp for the job, criticised the FA for not appointing Fabio Capello's successor sooner.

The FA have made it clear they want to wait until early May in order to avoid destabilising any club, and also because if the next manager is currently in work, he would not leave his club until the end of the season.

However, Mail on Sunday
columnist Neville, who won 85 caps for England, warned that the new
manager and the FA will have issues to deal with ahead of Euro 2012
starting on June 8, including the captaincy and possible effect on the
squad of John Terry's court trial in July where he will deny racially
abusing Rio Ferdinand's brother Anton.

Get a move on: Gary Neville, who won 85 England caps, has urged the FA to hurry up

Get a move on: Gary Neville, who won 85 England caps, has urged the FA to hurry up

Speaking at the Soccerex conference in Manchester, Neville said: 'The England manager has started being mentioned again this week, we are going into a tournament and who is taking the team, what tactics are we going to play, what principles

'They say they are going to wait until the end of the season – that's May 13.'

He added: 'There's something brewing at the moment. There are situations still not being dealt with.

'There are player situations going into the tournament, there are manager situations going into the tournament, it's going to come pretty quickly. It's April next week.

'There's manager, there's player, there's captain, there's (the) court case, it's not going to go away.

Concerns: Former manager Terry Venables has spoken about the England job

Concerns: Former manager Terry Venables has spoken about the England job

'And the FA at this moment in time are in a difficult position as always. If they actively go in there now and do something then it will be like a bull in a china shop, if they step away it's a very difficult position to be in.

'I do fear that there's no right or wrong at times, just do your best, but I do feel the vultures are circling.'

Venables, who managed the England team that reached the Euro 96 semi-finals, said Redknapp would benefit from being the popular choice but that there was no benefit in the FA stalling on a decision.

He also warned that Redknapp or any other English manager could not to expect to earn anything like the 6million annual salary paid to Capello.

Venables said: 'I think Harry is the candidate, he has done such a capable job; it's whether he wants it.

Heavy favourite: Harry Redknapp is tipped to take over the Three Lions

Heavy favourite: Harry Redknapp is tipped to take over the Three Lions

'It seems to have gone on too long for me, there's now a double take and no-one seems to really know what's going on apart from those that are in the seat.

'They have to get someone in there straight away to do to something about it.

'I don't see any benefit at all in coming in at the last moment with a rah-rah-rah. He's got to know those players, not just from what he has seen, but how they talk and what they feel is important, really getting into the individuals.

'The cogs have got to be strong to make that chain strong. The more time you can get in that the better. There's nothing for you doing it cold.'

Venables is adamant that the FA should not give the job to another foreign manager and expects English candidates to be paid less.

Filling in: Stuart Pearce took the reins for the friendly with Holland last month

Filling in: Stuart Pearce took the reins for the friendly with Holland last month

He added: 'If an English manager gets it this year I bet they don't get six million. We bring in someone from out there and pay them some ridiculous price to do it. I bet an Englishman won't get that.

'I can't get to grips with that [foreign England managers], I never have.

'You can go for anyone in the world for the Champions League and Premier League. But internationally it's like what went on in wars – you can't trade generals you have to go for your own.

'Spain and Germany always go for their own. I would rather lose with our own people.

'Some of our guys deserve a chance and can do it. I would just like to see our own man there, win lose or draw.'

Venables feels the benefits of Redknapp reportedly being the popular choice should not be underestimated.

'What's good is the fact that everyone wants him to take the England job, he's the popular vote,' Venables added.

'The fans shouldn't be making the decision but it is a good thing that the country are behind him. It makes you feel good and it did happen for me in 1996 and it makes you feel really comfortable.

'It's a good start. It might not be a good end, but at least at the start it gives you a great feeling to say “You can do this”.'