England's next full-time manager will not be a short-term "mercenary", according to Football Association (FA) chief executive Martin Glenn. The FA is currently trying to recruit the next Three Lions boss and Glenn has revealed the criteria for the role.
Sam Allardyce left the position in abrupt fashion in September following a newspaper sting, and Gareth Southgate has since been installed as a temporary measure. Glenn admitted he would favour appointing an Englishman and insisted the new manager would "not just be a mercenary for short term gain".
Southgate, 46, is poised to lead England in their qualifier against Scotland at Wembley on 11 November, as well as the home friendly with Spain four days later. Glenn has reassured the caretaker boss that he will still be considered for the full-time role, regardless of whether England lose those two games.
"He will almost certainly be a candidate. It's up to him to decide whether he wants to do it," Glenn shared with BBC Radio Five Live. "The preference would be for English because the missing link I think in getting consistent England performances in tournaments is linked to this issue of fear and pride, so the team identity.
"I don't want to rule out candidates who are not English that would also be terrific and also wanted to do the job for the long term. It would be crazy to narrow the pool so much but our preference would be for English."
He admitted, too, that the next manager of the England team would need to address the "fear factor" of playing for the national side. England were dumped out of Euro 2016 by Iceland and have made a modest start to their qualifying campaign for the 2018 World Cup, drawing their most-recent game against Slovenia 0-0.
Glenn said England need to translate their success in age-group football to the senior set-up. "We have been very successful at winning tournaments in the development teams," he reflected. "The under-21s, the under-19s, when we put our boys up against the best in the world we are winning.
"We're not translating that enough when it comes to the senior team. We think the difference is psychological preparation, this fear factor when you put on the England shirt. The manager we hire will really understand that and will have detailed plans to address it."