Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill tops the FA's shortlist should Steve McClaren fail to guide England to Euro2008.
The Sunday Mirror says qualification for the Euro 2008 Finals can keep the beleaguered McClaren in his job. If England fail they will turn to Aston Villa manager O'Neill.
The FA intend to avert a prolonged debate over McClaren's disastrous reign by seeking immediate permission from Villa to open talks with O'Neill.
Randy Lerner, Villa's American owner, does not want to lose his manager but has admitted he will not stand in O'Neill's way.