FA dismiss Capello replacement search

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The Football Association's chairman David Bernstein insists the search for Fablo Capello's replacement as England manager is yet to begin.

The Italian boss is expected to step down as manager after the European Championships next summer.

However, with qualifying for the 2014 World Cup qualifiers set to beginning less than a year, the FA have left themselves will little time to find a successor for Capello.

But Bernstein said: "It is not something on our agenda at the moment.

"We are completely behind Fabio. You cannot be half-pregnant with these things."

Reports had even emerged that Capello was due to stay on after next year's Championships, however Bernstein is adamant that the former Juventus boss is definitely on his way following the tournament in Poland and Ukraine.


"I love the media," he added. "They are amazing, aren't they? One day he is going next week, the next day he is staying for 20 years.

"The position is very clear. He is our manager until the end of the European Championships. That is it."

England are on the brink of qualification for the Euro 2012, requiring just a point against Montenegro to assure passage.

It was England's failure to qualify for the last finals in 2008 that pressed the FA into hiring Capello following a turbulent spell under Steve McClaren.

However, early optimism soon turned to disappointment, as England suffered from stage fright in the 2010 World Cup, eventually going out in the second round to Germany in Bloemfontein.

The FA had previously stated that England would look to appoint a home-grown manager following the departure of Capello, with Harry Redknapp the leading candidate.

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