The appointment of an English coach to work alongside Fabio Capello in the England set-up is imminent, reports The Guardian. But the new man will not necessarily be groomed as the Italian's replacement, according to Sir Trevor Brooking, the Football Association's director of football development.
The new man will, however, be expected to "take the knowledge from Fabio" while working not only with the senior squad but also with the England age-group teams, including Stuart Pearce's Under-21s.
The appointment is likely to be made within the next few weeks, though not before England's Euro 2012 qualifier against Montenegro at Wembley on 12 October. Pearce, who has been touted to take over from Capello, appears to be out of the running for this newly created position.
"There was a discussion whether we added a coach," Brooking said.
"Obviously with Stuart's situation, where he misses the Montenegro game because of the [Under-21s' Euro play-off tie against Romania] Friday-Tuesday situation, this caused a problem. But we weren't in a rush. We wanted to get the first three qualifiers out of the way and see where we are then. If we brought someone in, it would be trying to introduce somebody who could work across the other age groups.
"Everyone assumes this [appointment] is going to be the next England manager and an older person, but I don't really see how it's going to be working. So an English coach will probably come in but we could work him into the other age groups as well, just to take the knowledge from Fabio."
In making the new appointment the FA may have to look at coaches without either international or Premier League experience, though Alan Curbishley and Paul Ince are available.