Fabio Capello wants Stuart Pearce as part of his new backroom team with England.
A last-minute hitch over who will join Capello's coaching staff delayed the appointment of the Italian as manager last night on a deal worth £6.5million a year. But the FA expect to make an official announcement today.
The FA board have approved the contract, though the fine details have still to be ironed out - including the job title of each coach.
Capello wants to bring his trusted lieutenant Franco Baldini on board - a move which has been agreed.
The new chief has been impressed with Pearce's coaching work and has strong memories of him playing for England.
Ex-Manchester City boss Pearce, now running the England Under-21 side, has still to agree to the move.
Yet he is seen as the manager's link to the players, as well as an Englishman who could take over in the future.
But the majority of the staff will be Italian. Baldini would join Franco Tancredi, the goalkeeping coach, and fitness coach Massimo Neri.
Both Capello's camp and the FA expect to tie up the negotiations today. The new boss will then be presented to the media at the start of next week.
Baldini declared: "Capello will be England coach for sure."