Football Association chief executive Martin Glenn insists the new England manager will not be a ‘short-term mercenary’ and will help develop an identity with the senior and younger Three Lions sides.
Glenn is heading up a three-man selection panel, alongside FA technical director Dan Ashworth and vice-chairman David Gill, which has already spoken to “a handful” of candidates.
Those candidates include the current front-runners – Sunderland’s Sam Allardyce and Hull City’s Steve Bruce.
Their respective clubs have both called on the FA to conclude its search for Roy Hodgson’s successor as soon as possible before the new season.
But, with Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe and United States coach Jurgen Klinsmann also thought to have come under consideration, Glenn is eager to ensure the decision is not just quick, but also correct.
And that means the new man MUST be someone who is passionate about the role and willing to help build a strong identity throughout the FA’s representative sides.
“Everyone we’ve spoke to about the job is massively enthusiastic about the prospects for England,” Glenn told Sky Sports News.
“We’re not after a short-term mercenary, someone just to do the job for a couple of years. I want someone to come in to the England role to really work with not just the senior team but to make sure all the great work with the Under-16s, 17s, 18s – look at how well the Under-19s are doing now – and to knit all that together.
“We want someone to do a great job for the England national team but as well make sure all the development teams are laddering up to something more effective.”
Glenn will attend an FA board meeting on Thursday and although the issue will be a major talking point it may be too early for a final recommendation.
“It’s only been three weeks since the hunt started,” said Glenn.
“We’re making good progress and we’re clear about what we’re looking for. We’re pretty encouraged about what we’ve seen.
“It’s the manager of the England national team, we’ve got to get that right and got to make sure we’ve covered all various alternatives as best we can.
“I can’t be specific on timetable, we just want the right choice.”