The Football Association's announcement that they are to appoint a technical director after a gap of 10 years has been welcomed by the only man to have previously held the job.

Howard Wilkinson, who left the post to take over as Sunderland manager in 2002, said it was "high time" that the FA made such a move. The successful candidate is likely to be an experienced manager and will head up operations at the FA's new national football centre at St George's Park near Burton-on-Trent.

Wilkinson told the Press Association: "Any federation needs someone who is responsible for the strategic direction in terms of technical matters and the FA is no different. It is high time someone was appointed, absolutely yes. I can't think of a country in Europe that does not have one."

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