Herdman open to FA approach

21 August 2013 11:01

John Herdman would consider an approach from the Football Association to replace Hope Powell as the England women's coach, but is remaining focused on his job with Canada until he hears any different.

The 38-year-old from Newcastle's name was immediately thrown up when Powell was sacked after 15 years at the helm on Tuesday, with his work with his current side and formerly with New Zealand earning him credibility.

The Canadians are particularly keen for him to remain in his post as they are heading towards being the host nation at the 2015 World Cup and, after a bronze medal at last year's Olympics, expectations are high.

Herdman acknowledges that, and his happiness in the job, but says he would have to listen if his home country came calling.

He told the BBC: "Hope is a legend in the game and has done great things. As a coach it makes you feel quite vulnerable.

"I've got a World Cup coming up in 2015 and have to keep my focus on that because I don't want to end up in a similar situation (to Powell).

"I've got a job to do here and the more time I spend thinking about other jobs, the less chance I've got of being successful.

"I'm going to keep doing what I do and if the English FA ring me up, it's my homeland, and if they say 'we need your help' I'm going to consider that.

"But at the end of the day I have a big job here with some exciting players and an exciting opportunity in Canada."

A lifelong Newcastle fan, Herdman has worked overseas since 2006 when he headed to New Zealand, with the Canada job presenting itself in 2011.

Source: PA

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