Latest Transfer Update at 02-03-2012
Stuart Pearce: Avaliable for Euro 2012 role
PEARCE UNSURE WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS
Stuart Pearce has admitted he has no idea whether he will ever get the chance to manage England again.
The under-21 boss took charge of the senior team for Wednesday night's friendly with Holland as the Football Association felt there was insufficient time to bring in a replacement for Fabio Capello from outside the organisation.
In the build-up to, and then immediately after the 3-2 defeat at Wembley, Pearce has stuck to the same line, namely that he does not feel he has enough experience to be the full-time England boss but is capable of leading the team at Euro 2012.
Yet, Pearce realises that by sending out such a confused signal, he may be hampering the best chance he will ever have to get a job he would regard as one of the highest honours in the game.
"I've no idea if I will manage England again," said Pearce.
"I certainly will at under-21 level, I hope. I am getting fed up with saying this spiel but, if needed, I am available for the summer."
The problem is that Pearce's statement is clearly flawed.
Should England confound their detractors and actually win the European Championship in Poland and Ukraine this summer, or even reach the final or semi-finals, that would normally be enough to extend employment.
However, in such circumstances, Pearce would have us believe he would turn the job down because he felt under-qualified to guide his country through September qualifying matches against Moldova and Ukraine.
"I don't think I am ready enough experience-wise, simple as that," said Pearce.
"I just feel at this time in my development I am not ready for the senior international job and all that comes with it.
"But there's no doubt in my mind I feel more than comfortable preparing to take a team to a major tournament."
As the FA insist they have made no moves to enquire about anyone's services - Harry Redknapp remains the overwhelming favourite - and could hold off naming Capello's successor until after the domestic season is over, Pearce will carry on making "tweaks" to the preparation programme laid down by the Italian.
"All I have done is bought my employers some thinking time," said Pearce.
"If they have got someone in place all well and good. If they haven't and need someone to fill in, and think that someone might be me, I am there and available.
"It's an ideal situation for the Football Association to be in, I believe."
And Pearce does not feel much should be read into the defeat to Holland, which almost became a glory night as England fought their way back from two goals down, only to fall to Arjen Robben's second goal in stoppage time.
"How I get viewed on what I've done over these last few days is difficult," he said.
"People from the outside have not been in our training camp.
"Ask the players, ask the staff how they feel about the mood of the camp and the professionalism of the place.
"The bottom line is I have not been given this chance. The FA has not said anything of that nature to me.
"I just wanted to clear things up before there are any grey areas.
"That's how I negotiate life and management, by giving an honest answer to an honest question."