Football Association chairman Greg Dyke believes a new contract for Roy Hodgson is not entirely dependent on a successful finish at Euro 2016.
The 68-year-old's current deal expires this summer but he wants to continue to lead the side to the World Cup in Russia in two years' time.
Dyke, who will be leaving his own post in the coming weeks, said a successful European Championships was not necessarily linked to progression to the latter stages of the tournament.
"I think we have been pretty clear with Roy and ourselves, no decision will be taken until this tournament is over," he told Radio 5 Live's Sportsweek programme.
"What we have said if we have done well and we played well then I think he will be renewed.
"Doing well? Semi-finals would be great; quarter-finals if we play well and meet one of the best sides and unfortunately lost or went out on penalties, something like that.
"If you can win it that is great success. If you get knocked out in the group stage that is disaster.
"That is the sort of discussion that will go on."
Whenever Hodgson leaves the job, be it this summer or in 2018, the Football Association may turn to a foreign manager again for his replacement.
However, unlike with the appointment of his predecessor Fabio Capello, Dyke thinks the FA need to pick someone with Premier League experience - whether they are from this country or another.
"The Premier League is increasingly becoming an international tournament where the fans are English but not many other people are," he added.
"We are worried about it in terms of mangers, player and owners.
"It won't be my decision but when the time comes to find another England manager I am not sure you can stick to 'It has to be English', but I do think it is someone who has to understand English football and English culture.
"My view is you'd want someone who has managed in England and understands English football, it doesn't necessarily mean he has to be English."