Following the resignation of Fabio Capello as substantive England coach justb four months before the Euro Chamnpionships, England's FA has moved to name Stuart Pearce as the interim coach of the senior national team.
Pearce will manage Egland in a friendly against The Netherlands in March.
FA chairman David Bernstein told a news conference on Thursday about the latest development, and explained the FA's choice of Pearce and what is likely to happen with the appointment of a substantive coach.
"He has huge experience inside and outside this organisation ... he knows the players very well," Bernstein said. "I have great confidence in Stuart, we will be in good hands.
"Our priority then will be to appoint a new England manager ... with a total focus on getting the best person in place as soon as we sensibly can.
"We don't want to rush the process, we want to do it properly, do it professionally ... we'll be putting a shortlist together of key people. We'll do that as soon as we can."
The board is expected to meet on Friday to discuss the shortlisting of the candidates for the sunstantive coach.
Tottenham Hotspurs coach Harry Redknapp, who was cleared only on Wednesday of charges of tax evasion remains the hot faourite to take over from the Italian Capello.
The FA and evidence of a ground swell of opinion in England favour an Englishman to take over from the Italian.