Man City‘s gaffer, Stuart Pearce has admitted to having a "brief conversation" with the Football Association over the possibility of succeeding Peter Taylor as the manager of the England Under 21 side.
On stepping down, Crystal Palace boss Taylor said: "Anybody coming in would have to commit a lot to the job." Psycho feels that he will be able to manage the workload.
"If an offer came I would look at it," he said. "I don’t think the word ‘juggle’ would come into it. I listened to what Taylor had to say yesterday. It seemed he felt he could do it but it was how the situation was being perceived outside the club. But any time your country approaches you about anything is a proud moment. The bottom line is I wouldn’t do anything that is detrimental to the job I do at City, but I believe anyone working with the under-21s would have to gain a benefit." It’s not that simple though is it?
As Pearce is still a young and inexperienced manager, would it be foolish to take on work that may take his eye off the ball at Eastlands? With the club hoping Pearce focuses on his duties at City, it’s worth noting that during the speculation that linked Pearce as a potential successor to Sven-Goran Eriksson in 2006, City’s form suffered and tailed off as speculation continued. Naturally, the club (and fans) are wary of a repeat of this. If Pearce took the job he would have friendlies during the season – starting with Spain in February, then more work in summer when England face the Czech Republic, Italy and Serbia.
City, in my opinion, have a lot to pleased with at the moment, with Pearce’s side playing half decent football, lots of academy players coming through to the first team and reasonable position in the table. Considering City’s checkered past, it seems that they finally have some stability. Pearce has been instrumental in this, and taking on another role may well unsettle his squad. In saying that, it’s no secret how patriotic Pearce is, and given the chance to represent his country in any form will be music to his ears. What do you think? Should he have a crack at the job, or should he keep his attention on City? [Mof Gimmers]