Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has ruled himself out of the running for the England manager's job, backing Harry Redknapp for the hot-seat.
Redknapp is firm favourite to take over the Three Lions following Fabio Capello's resignation yesterday evening, but Pardew, following Newcastle's dramatic rise under his stewardship, has also been linked to the role.
However, despite his pride at being linked with the job, the 50-year-old has moved swiftly to end the rumours linking him with the move away from Tyneside by insisting he still has unfinished business with the Magpies.
He told SkySports: "Firstly as an Englishman, I am proud to be in that sort of frame, but it's not for me and I will make that quite clear. I am not even in the running as far as I am concerned.
"I am very happy here at Newcastle. It's a little project here that's going really well and I want to see it through. The passion and everything about this place is why I want to stay here."
Capello stepped down as England manager following a meeting with FA chairman David Bernstein and general secretary Alex Horne at Wembley yesterday. And Pardew believes the next England manager should be English, describing Spurs boss Redknapp as the ideal candidate.
He added: "I do hope it goes to an Englishman, just on a personal level. I think that's important this time. I really hope Harry and Spurs and everybody sorts themselves out and can do it in a manner that it works for everybody."
"(West Brom manager) Roy Hodgson would have an opportunity and (West Ham boss) Sam (Allardyce) possibly - they are at the right age and right experience to do that role.
"Probably outside of them, there aren't too many leading candidates. There are a lot of young English coaches coming through, thank goodness, especially in the Championship, and I think we will be better set perhaps the next time (the job) comes around.
"But this time, there is an outstanding candidate in Harry and I just hope it all works out and it can be done in a manner that works for both Tottenham and England."
Pardew's immediate focus will turn to Newcastle's next Premier League clash, which ironically comes against Redknapp's Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane on Saturday evening.
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