Pearce tipped for Great Britain role

12 January 2011 08:30

Stuart Pearce is the "logical choice" to manage Great Britain's football team at the 2012 Olympics, according to Football Association general secretary Alex Horne.

Horne dropped a huge hint England Under-21 boss Pearce would be asked to lead Britain's bid to win gold at the London Games. He also revealed the FA, who have been given responsibility for Team GB by the British Olympic Association, plan to appoint a manager at the end of this season.

Confirming the British side would essentially replace the England Under-21 team in the year leading up to the Games, Horne admitted that made Pearce an ideal candidate to take charge, and said: "It would be very logical. I suspect that what we will have to do is to substitute out the England Under-21 fixtures for this team - this hybrid team, assuming it has alternative players in it."

Indeed, the FA's biggest problem will be convincing the other home nations to soften their stance on the squad being made up exclusively of English players.

The governing bodies of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have all been vehemently opposed to players from their countries being picked, claiming it could threaten their status as individual nations within FIFA.

Horne said: "The current arrangement is that it would be an English team representing the British Isles.

"The BOA have said that is not acceptable as it stands because it is prejudicial, so we are working through an alternative selection process."

He added: "My agenda for the next three months or so includes serious conversations with the other home nations about the Olympic team, because we need to get that right.

"We are all aware there are individual player issues. There are home nation sensitivities.

"So we need to work that through with the other home nations."

Source: PA