England U21 boss Stuart Pearce will be offered the job fulltime if his team reach the final four of the European Championships.
Pearce's team will qualify for a semi-final against the host nation, Holland, if England beat Serbia in their final Group B game tomorrow.
It is understood that such progress would be judged as a relative success by the FA.
Pearce has so far remained coy about his own future as he is keen on a return to Premiership management, but the former Manchester City boss has stated that he thinks the Under 21 job should be full-time.
Last night, FA director of football development Sir Trevor Brooking said: "We've always said we'll wait until the end of the tournament before we make an announcement. But I think Stuart has organised them really well out here.
"It's really down to the professional-game members of our main board to agree the sort of contract that we can offer. But generally speaking, all of us feel the post should be full-time."