Bernstein targets English manager

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Football Association chairman-elect David Bernstein wants the next England manager to be English.

The 67-year-old former Manchester City chairman has been chosen by the FA board as the permanent successor to Lord Triesman, who was forced to step down in May.

The job of selecting Fabio Capello's successor will be top of the list of Bernstein's tasks. The Italian has said he will move on after the Euro 2012 finals in 18 months' time.

Bernstein said: "I would prefer to see the best manager possible managing the England team.

"If he was English that would be preferable for obvious reasons and I think there is a national desire for that.

"I want to see a winning England team in due course - my job will be a lot easier if the England team is winning matches so anything that works toward that I am all in favour of."

He added: "I believe that the chairman of the FA needs to be involved in major decisions concerning the England set-up."

Harry Redknapp is the bookies' favourite to succeed Capello, while Stuart Pearce, Martin O'Neill and Sam Allardyce are also believed to be contenders.

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