Alan Shearer is a shock candidate for the England job.
And that's alerted senior FA bosses who are deliberating over which way to go after McClaren's stumbling attempt to qualify for Euro 2008.
Sources close to Shearer claim his move into management is imminent despite having 18 months left on his Match of the Day contract.
The Geordie legend believes he could do the job and would have the respect of the players. Shearer has also spent three years completing the bulk of his coaching qualifications.